The Kenyan Kasuku Jewish community in rural Gathundia started in the year 2000 when a group broke away from a Christian church in favor of pursuing the Jewish faith. They built their own synagogue from tree trunks and plastic sheeting on the land of two community elders, appropriately named Abraham and Sarah. Yehuda Kimani acts as a spokesperson for the community and communicates regularly with Kulanu and with friends, supporters, and visitors.
Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, from the neighboring Ugandan Abayudaya community, has formally converted many members of the Kasuku Jewish community. Kulanu supported travel costs for one group from Kenya to go to Uganda for conversions.
Yehudah Kimani wrote:
The Kehillat Kasuku is a Jewish community located in central part of Kenya, about 2-3 away northwards from Nairobi city of Kenya. We are about 130 people practicing Judaism and living a peaceful life together with other people of different faiths. When we met Kulanu president first in Uganda in about 2007, we started a relationship and Kulanu has been of much help every year with the following: 1. Paying Internet fee every year 2. Computer room 3. Electricity bills 4. Post office annual fee among others
Kulanu has also worked with a bar mitzvah family and other supporters to raise funds for a major social hall and kitchen that the Jewish community will use for kiddush and social gatherings and that they also will share with non-Jewish neighbors.
Photos and Videos from Kenya
- Yehudah Kimani’s Facebook Page
- Kulanu’s 2018 Photo Galleries from Kehillat Kasuku, Kenya
- Celebrating with Wyatt in Kenya
- Kenya Video Playlist on Kulanu’s Youtube Channel
Articles and Links
- From Kenya: With Gratitude by Yehudah Kimani (2018)
- A Family Mitzvah Trip to Kenya by Michelle (last name withheld at author’s request) (2018)
- The isolated Jews of rural Kenya: Starting from aleph with a lulav and etrog by Melanie Lidman (2015)
- From Kenya to Uganda A Wedding and Conversions by Yehudah Kimani (2015)
- In Kenya’s highlands, a Jewish community struggles for recognition by Melanie Lidman, (March 10, 2015, from The Times of Israel)
- What’s Happening in Africa: Cameroon, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe by Judy Manelis (2013)
- Accidental Tourist in Kenya by Ari Witkin, (2011)
- Kenyan Branch by Jacob Silverman, (2011, from tabletmag.com)
- Photo Album of the Kasuku Jewish Community in Kenya
- Kenya Jewish leader with valid visa denied entry to Israel, deported by Melanie Lidman (December 19, 2017 from the Times of Israel)