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Kulanu in the New York Times
Our 5778 is starting in style at Kulanu – we’ve been featured in an article in the New York Times! Merissa Nathan Gerson’s full-page article in the Fashion and Style section focuses on the Namutumba Abayudaya in Uganda.
It offers a story of a mass Jewish wedding, the process of rabbinical ordination training in sub-Saharan Africa, and how the Abayudaya celebrate in style by honoring local and Jewish traditions.
Picture: from the NYT article. “From left, Naomi Namusoosa, Rachael Naigaga, and Naume Lunyato were three of the five Jewish brides who married Aug. 8 in the Namutumba District of Uganda.”Our congratulations to the brides and grooms and the whole Namutumba community, to our partner Rabbi Leila Gal Berner and her Ezra Uganda Assistance project for supporting this, to Rabbis Gershom Sizomu and Yafa Chase for their rabbinic leadership, and to journalist Merissa Nathan Gerson for her brilliant reporting!
If you want to donate directly to the Namutumba community, please click here! You can also follow the community on Facebook to keep up to date with their goings-on.
Not one but TWO Kulanu-related films will be shown: “Journey to Judaism” and “Doing Jewish: The Film”, about the Madagascar and Ghanaian Jewish communities respectively.
Afterwards, there will be a Q&A session with distinguished guests Harriet Bograd (President of Kulanu), Loren Berman (rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah recently returned from Ghana), and Joshua Kristal (filmmaker of “Journey to Judaism”).
You’ll be able to buy challah covers and Kente Cloth tallitot from Ghana, Ethiopian baskets, and CDs from Uganda. Please bring cash or check to make your purchase. We’ll also have an after-party with light refreshments. If you are in the area, we’d love to see you at this great event!
Picture: filmmaker Jenn Mason, the mind behind “Doing Jewish”, in action on site in Ghana.