Bride and groom are members of the Abayudaya community, which is not officially recognized by the Jewish state but is by Conservative and Reform movements.
The success of the Abayudaya community is a very Jewish story—they tried to kill us, we survived, let’s celebrate.
Be'chol Lashon travels to the Pearl of Africa for the Abayudaya's centennial celebration.
Diary of a week with the Abayudaya.
The delegation also visited the old terminal in Entebbe, where the military operation to free the hostages, took place. Dr. Netanyahu said Kaddish and lit a memory candle in honor of Yoni.
A visit with the Jewish community known as the Abayudaya proves to be a spiritually enriching experience.
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Will the Abayudaya, who have practiced Judaism for a century, be recognized as Jews by Israel?
One of his biggest challenges is serving both his Jewish community and as a member of Parliament, having to drive five hours each way each week.
Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the spiritual leader of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda and a member of Uganda’s Parliament (the first Jew elected to that body), is touring the U.S. this fall!
The Greenes chronicled their trip to Uganda taking more than 7,000 photos and filming their meetings with families, teachers and Abayudaya leaders.
"...Recognition by Israel means so much to us. If anything bad happens to the Jews of Uganda the whole world will know," said Rabbi Sizomu.
See update on construction of the new Abayudaya Synagogue
Israel’s Jewish Agency last month recognized the Abayudaya as Jews, meaning that they are allowed to emigrate to Israel. There is a precedent. Since the 1980s more than 90,000 Ethiopian Jews did so after Israel’s rabbis accepted them into the fold.
Yes, it’s true. The Chief Rabbi of Uganda has been elected to parliament in his home country. A remarkable feat for a rabbi outside of Israel, not easily achieved.
This year, Hanukkah has special meaning for the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda. It is a story of the few against the many. It is a story that is ancient but also new.
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