A Final Look Back at 2015!
Photo Courtesy of Yehuda Kimani
Children in Kenya enjoy the computer in their village.
There are so many more young people like Yehudah, and thanks to support from people like you, Kulanu will be able to partner with many more. Please visit www.kulanu.org/donate to give online.
- Torahs donated by Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Temple Emanuel in Franklin Lakes, NJ were distributed to communities in Sao Paulo, Brazil and an Abayudaya village in Uganda.
- Kulanu gave five “mini-grants” to needy Jewish communities in Guatemala, Peru, Brazil, and Ecuador for: machzorim, siddurim, tefillin, a mikvah and a bima.
- Kulanu volunteers traveled to Zimbabwe, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, India, Papua New Guinea, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Brazil to meet community members, to teach, and to bring donated books, Judaica items, and computers, and to assess Kulanu involvement.
- The Kulanu-Lemba Speaking Tour 2015 was a great success, as Modreck Maeresera, leader of Harare Lemba Synagogue made eighteen appearances in fifteen cities across the United States and Canada and raised awareness about his inspiring community, its 2500 year old story, and the renaissance of African Jewish life in Zimbabwe.
- With Kulanu’s support, leaders from Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda, Guatemala, and Zimbabwe traveled outside their communities to take advantage of Jewish learning and leadership development opportunities at Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s Ohr Torah Stone yeshiva in Israel, Florida International University Global Jewish Studies Program, Birthright Israel, Brandeis Collegiate Institute near Los Angeles, summer camps in Georgia and Massachusetts, the Federation of Jewish Mens’ Clubs, and the WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism) Assembly 2015.
- In Uganda, Kulanu donations paid for running two schools, including the schools’ breakfast and lunch program, students’ successful participation in the National Music, Dance, and Drama Festival, a “Mama in the Schools” program, conferences of the Abayudaya Women’s Association, a new computer lab for the elementary school, a deaf education program, and water well repair. Kulanu served as fiscal sponsor for a major grant to the Kavule School for the Deaf.
- The Harare Lemba Synagogue, which Kulanu helped to establish in Zimbabwe last year, continues to grow and thrive, assisted by excellent volunteers who worked alongside the Lemba community and taught various subjects for several months this past year. Construction continues on the synagogue in the countryside with funding from Kulanu and labor by the community.
- We continue to utilize the Internet to further our mission, funding Internet access to connect isolated communities with social networking and online learning, and sharing photos and videos (www.youtube.com/kulanuvideo,www.kulanu.phanfare.com). This year we produced a short video about Kulanu’s work, and collaborated with filmmakers making films about our communities in Ghana, Cameroon, and Ethiopia. We also helped launch the new Kulanu Academic Cohort to enhance our collaboration with scholars.
Harriet Bograd, President