Cote d’Ivoire Conversions and Weddings

In December, Kulanu representatives and a beit din traveled to Cote d’Ivoire to facilitate conversions and weddings. In total, 48 conversions and 6 weddings took place – believed to be the first-ever Jewish weddings in the country!

Don’t miss this article in the JTA by Josefin Dolsten, which tells the story from both Kulanu’s perspective, and the perspective of Jews from Cote d’Ivoire. Also, enjoy this 14-minute video about the experience by Sandy Leeder:

In response to the article, Avraham Yago from the Cote d’Ivoire Jewish community wrote to us:

Thanks for the article by Josefin. She was very good at introducing our community and summarizing my personal journey. Thank you for your help to our community, other communities, and Judaism.

We were not born Jewish but we freely chose to become an informed Jew and we assume! The Torah is the Truth! […] All those who have stayed and converted feel a Jewish soul!

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to graft ourselves to Israel, to become Jewish. It is a mitzvah that you have accomplished. Thanks to Josefin who helps us out of our isolation!

Thank you to Kulanu, the President, the Vice President, and all the Rabbanim!

We recently featured this community on facebook and instagram, telling the story of their everyday life through photos.