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Squarer Family Mitzvah Project

A few months ago, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu of the Abayudaya Jewish Community in Uganda, Africa visited our Congregation, Bonai Shalom of Boulder, and shared the amazing story of this courageous people. We learned that Rabbi Sizomu attended the same School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles as our own Rabbi Soloway and became the first ordained African Rabbi in Sub-Saharan Africa. We thoroughly enjoyed having Rabbi Sizomu lead our Shabbat service with the beautiful tunes of his community. We heard the story of a community who chose Judaism in Uganda about a hundred years ago. Their numbers grew into the thousands until Idi Amin outlawed Judaism in Uganda during his abusive reign in the 70s and that all but eliminated this community. Fortunately, the Abayudaya Jewish community is 2,000 strong today and lives in peace and harmony with their Christian and Muslim Neighbors in Eastern Uganda. There is a Hadassah Primary School and even a Jewish High School in the area and both are open to Christians, Muslims and Jewish students alike.


Since my Bar Mitzvah last year my family and I think a lot about our connection to the worldwide Jewish community and decided that we would visit the Abayudaya community in Uganda this summer. Principal Aaron Kintu Moses of the Hadassah School there asked that we help to construct a playground and soccer field. The cost of the project is close to $10,000 and we plan to send the money in late June so the materials will be ready for us to help with construction when we arrive in late July. My family and I will cover part of this cost ourselves, but are asking for your help in providing as much assistance to this community as possible. The needs there are so great and we hope that the global Jewish family would want to assist this community to grow and thrive.

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