Announcing the 2013 Kulanu-Abayudaya Women’s Speaking Tour!

Shoshannah Nambi

Shoshannah Nambi is a graduate of the Abayudaya-founded Semei Kakungulu High School and the mother of a four-year-old in the Abayudaya pre-school program. With multiple roles in the community, Shoshannah will share personal experiences and down-to-earth knowledge of women’s education, health, religion, and family lives. As well as a multimedia presentation and her talk, her visit will include her beautiful singing in Hebrew and Luganda, the local language.


For several years since its creation by the Abayudaya’s medical officer, Shoshannah has worked with RAIN-UGANDA, an organization that addresses previously unmet health needs. Without regard to religion, RAIN conducts HIV testing for men, women, and children and cervical and breast cancer screening for women, crucial services for rural people who previously went undiagnosed. An integral part of this young organization’s management team, Shoshanna works both as an HIV counselor and as RAIN’s accountant. Until recently, she also worked as an administrator at the Tobin Health Center in the nearby city of Mbale, an important resource for the treatment of malaria and other diseases of children and adults among the Abayudaya and their Christian and Muslim neighbors.

Kulanu-Abayudaya Women’s Speaking Tour

We are requesting your help in identifying possible venues for this year’s Kulanu-Abayudaya speaking tour, which will run October 3 – November 4, 2013. Last year’s schedule filled up in less than six weeks, so act now to reserve your spot this fall!!

The educational program will be age-appropriate for all and can include a slideshow presentation and African Jewish music. You will be welcome to purchase CDs of Abayudaya music, hand-crafted kippot or other products from to sell in conjunction with the presentation.


Speaking tour audiences will learn how the Abayudaya and Kulanu are taking a leadership role in increasing literacy and nutrition in the area, and in bringing diverse religious communities together.

What is required of host locations?

Please know that you are welcome to seek co-sponsors to share your event. Synagogues of all denominations, Jewish community centers, Protestant churches, and secular and Catholic universities have all joined together to co-sponsor Kulanu Abayudaya speakers. Kulanu speakers have been welcomed at Brown, Cal State, Howard, Washburn, Wellesley, Northeastern, and Yale Universities. Within universities, many departments have co-sponsored, including history, religion, music, Jewish studies, African studies, campus ministries, international development, and diversity offices.


Here is what we ask of event hosts:
  • An honorarium of $1,450 per event, which includes travel expenses.
    • Note: We are offering a $200 discount to those who reserve a date and pay a $250 deposit by July 15, 2013.
  • A primary contact to be responsible for the event and for Shoshannah while she is in your city.
  • Accommodations, meals, and local transportation for the speaker (home hospitality is great!).

Event set-up requirements and other guidelines are detailed in the online Event Planning Kit.

If you would like to host the speaker, what should you do next?

Complete our online inquiry form to let us know of your interest and how to reach you. If you are able, please list three possible dates between October 3 and November 4, 2013 that might work for you.


Please consult our online calendar to see which dates have already been assigned to other groups, and which dates have tentative requests.


Check out Kulanu’s online Event Planning Kit to get an idea of what is involved in hosting a successful speaking tour event.


We look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to pass this on to other groups that might be interested in hosting Shoshannah Nambi this fall. Thank you!