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Friday, April 26, 2013
6:00pmMusical Friday Evening Service with songs of the Abayudaya

Saturday, April 27, 2013
11:20amAncient Customs that Inspire a Ugandan Rabbi
D'var Torah by Rabbi Sizomu
1:00pm Interfaith Cooperation and the Politics of Religion in Africa
Learn after Lunch with Rabbi Sizomu
4:00pm MISHPACHA PLUS for Families with children, age 0-10
Songs, & Lag B'Omer Celebration
with Rabbi Sizomu
RSVP to Libby Parker libbyparker@gmail.com

About Rabbi Sizomu

Rabbi Sizomu is the first black rabbi from sub-Saharan Africa to be ordained at an American rabbinic school. As a visionary community leader, he chose to attend a rabbinic seminary to better understand ancient and modern Judaism and bring the Ugandan community into mainstream Judaism. In 2003, Rabbi Sizomu was awarded a Be'chol Lashon Fellowship to attend the 5-year Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies program at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. In 2008, he was ordained and returned home to Uganda to lead his Jewish community and establish a yeshiva in Uganda to train Jews from ancient and emerging communities throughout Africa. 'It is important that Africans and others know that they can choose Judaism as a spiritual path, and that we are open to them,' Rabbi Sizomu says.

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!

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