Be'chol Lashon

Be’chol Lashon


Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
Spring 2011 Speaking Tour

Be’chol Lashon is delighted to bring Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the leader of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, back to the United States for a spring 2011 speaking tour. This is a wonderful opportunity for your community to learn more about him, the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, and about global Jewry in general.

A charismatic leader and accomplished musician, Rabbi Sizomu is the first black rabbi from sub-Saharan Africa to be ordained at an American rabbinic school. The many topics that Rabbi Sizomu can discuss include:

• The unique history of his community. The Abayudaya began their journey to Judaism under the leadership of Semei Kakungulu, a great warrior who was to be a Christian missionary for the British.

• Music and worship. After Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was overthrown and his ban on Judaism lifted in 1979, many Abayudaya youth returned to Judaism through new, inspiring melodies.

• Social justice projects. Life-saving medical and development services provided by the Ugandan Jews to their Christian and Muslim neighbors foster good will and cooperation.

• Religious education. After his ordination in 2008, Rabbi Sizomu returned to Uganda and established a yeshiva to train African rabbis to serve their ancient and emerging Jewish communities.

Rabbi Sizomu can lead a Shabbat service, D'var Torah, or Havdallah; address a classroom or school; show a slideshow of photos of life in Uganda; or showcase his musical talent.

He will be touring in May and June and can be booked for a single day or evening event on a weekday, or for a Rabbi-in-Residence weekend (which includes up to three events). The costs vary by engagement.

For more information, please take a moment to fill out Rabbi Sizomu's brief tour booking form.

You can also e-mail, or call us at 415.386.2604.

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Gershom Speaking Tour 2011

Gershom Sizomu

Gershom Sizomu

Gershom Sizomu

Gershom Sizomu