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 Dadaâ€™s ban on Judaism in the 1970â€™s, many Abayudaya youth returned to Judaism through new inspiring melodies. Rabbi Sizomu, an accomplished musician and charismatic leader, is the first black rabbi from sub-Saharan Africa to be ordained at an American rabbinic school, and he is fulfilling his dream of strengthening African Judaism. Refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored with Beâ€™chol Lashon. For more information see www.bechollashon.org.
Thu, May 14
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St. (Program room assignments will be available at the JCC Customer Service Desk, in the lobby of the Samuel Priest Rose Building.)