Rabbi Sizomu Participates in Adath Jeshurun Congregation's Synaplex Shabbat
Help Build a Synagogue & Jewish Community Center in Uganda
Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, chief Rabbi of Uganda, is visiting Adath Jeshurun Congregation April 26th and 27th to join in the Cineplex Shabbat program. The Abayudaya community has been dedicated to bringing growth and prosperity to their religion, positively impacting the lives of Christians, Muslims and Jews all living as neighbors in the Mbale and Nabagoye. A Synagogue & Community Center is part of a strategic vision to ensure the health and security of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda today, and for generations to come. Be’chol Lashon and the leadership of the Abayudaya are launching a capital project to build a new Synagogue and Community Center. A Synagogue and Community Center is vital for the heath and well-being of the Abayudaya community. Challenges such as food scarcity and malaria are part of day-to-day life in Africa. Further, the extreme minority status of the Jews in Uganda requires that the Abayudaya leadership not only attract and maintain involvement in Jewish life, but also address the health and community needs of their Christian and Muslim neighbors.
The new Synagogue and Community Center will be a place where Jewish life is strengthened from one generation to the next, a place to gather and celebrate that can be a foundation for the local community and serve as a model and hub for emerging Jewish communities in Africa. The Center will be a place for religious worship, lifecycle events, education, childcare, and health and social services that will benefit the entire community. In the tradition of Diaspora communities around the world, the Abayudaya will elevate the surrounding communities while helping the Jewish community thrive.
If you find Rabbi Sizomu's story of his community compelling and are inspired to help further the growth and development of the Abayudaya and their neighbors, please consider donating to the Synagogue & Jewish Community Center project. All donations are welcome!