Newly ordained Colombian rabbi vows to help Conversos‏

reprinted from JTA on May 28, 2009 by Ben Harris: NEW YORK (JTA) — Of all the rabbis ordained last week at the Jewish Theological Seminary, few have journeys to the rabbinate quite as unlikely as Juan Mejia. Raised as a Catholic in Colombia and educated at Christian schools, Mejia was on his way to […]

Dr. Richard Hull publishes latest book on Jews in African history

From Straus Newspaper on May 21: WARWICK – Warwick resident Richard W. Hull, Ph.D., recently announced the publication of his latest book, “Jews and Judaism in African History.” Many Warwick residents know Hull as the town’s official historian and author of several books on local history. However, for many years Hull has served as professor […]

The secret Jews of the Southwest

Originally appeared in the JTA by Amy Klein on May 18: EL PASO, Texas (JTA) – Three strange things happened to Rabbi Stephen Leon the first week he moved here in 1986 to lead Congregation B’nai Zion, the Conservative synagogue in this border city. “Rabino,” said a Catholic man calling from Jaurez, Mexico, about 30 minutes […]

Recognizably Jewish: 2 African Communities’ Struggle for Recognition

This was originally posted by Yoav Acoustica at yoavguttman.blogspot.com Currently, World Jewry is becoming aware of a new kind of a Jewish person. Long standing assumptions of what a Jew looks like and where he/she comes from are being challenged. The case of Ethiopian Jewry is well documented and well known, but is only the […]

Announcing the 2009 Kulanu-Abayudaya Speaking Tour!‏

Kulanu is planning a visit to the U.S. and Canada by Athalia Nalongo, of the inspiring Jewish community of Uganda, who will be sharing the latest news of the joint Abayudaya-Kulanu sustainable development projects. Ms. Nalongo is treasurer of the Abayudaya Congregation’s board of directors, secretary of the Abayudaya Women’s Association (AWA) and an executive […]

Benefit concert in Paris for the Jewish-Black Brotherhood, Paris, France June 29

Benefit concert in Paris for the Jewish-Black Brotherhood in partnership with Rachi Arena Sunday, June 29th, 2009 from 6 to 10 P.M. 39 Broca Street 75005 Paris 5 (Subway: Gobelins) PAF (general admission?):  15 euros VIP Square:  50 euros Sign up and reservations required (Info follows) Mail : contact@fjn-123.fr Tel : 0636430390 info@culture-juive.org 01 42 […]

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, leader of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, May 14, NYC

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, leader of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, will discuss the unique history of his community and the role music played in their survival. After dictator Idi Amin Dada’s ban on Judaism in the 1970’s, many Abayudaya youth returned to Judaism through new inspiring melodies. Rabbi Sizomu, an accomplished musician and charismatic leader, […]