Re-Election Campaign

Rabbi Sizomu runs for a second term in Uganda’s Parliament but ultimately is not successful. He continues to lead the Abayudaya.

Centennial Celebration

The Abayudaya celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of their community June 28-30 in Nabugoye. Be’chol Lashon led a trip to Uganda to celebrate with the Abayudaya and tour the country Festivities began on Friday with Shabbat and the Bat Mitzvah of Gershom’s daughter Naavah and his niece Mia...Read More

Famine Relief

East Africa experienced a severe drought. Water supplies and food production were low and placed millions at risk of starvation. Stephen O’Brien, Emergency Relief Coordinator of the United Nations called the famine ‘the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the U.N.” Most Ugandans are subsistence farmers who are at..Read More

Jewish Agency Recognizes Abayudaya

All of these efforts have significantly contributed to achieving the goal of greater visibility of the Abayudaya, including official recognition as Jews by the Jewish Agency in Israel in Spring 2017. The community’s struggle for recognition by Israel’s Ministry of the Interior continues.

Sizomu Wins Seat in Parliament

Gershom Sizomu again entered the race for Uganan Parliament. Gershom is a relentless optimist and a man of action. He doesn’t subscribe to perpetuating negative troupes of oppression and negativity. Having grown up under the reign of Idi Amin, he understands the importance of democracy and using political power to..Read More

Stern Synagogue

A new Synagogue & Community Center is part of the strategic vision to ensure the health and security of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda for generations to come. In addition to religious worship and lifecycle events, the community center will provide social services that benefit the entire community: 1) Most..Read More

Sizomu Runs for Parliament

Gershom Sizomu is proud that he built a coalition of Christians, Muslims and Jews to support running for election to the Ugangan Parliament. He won favor with the residents of Bungokho North Mbale district by focusing on accountability, development and his vision of religious tolerance as the foundation of the..Read More

Tobin Health Center

The next step in Abayudaya Community Health & Development Plan was to build a health center. It was decided that it would be centrally located in Mbale providing accessible health care to the most villagers. In June 2010, the Be’chol Lashon team and major funders traveled to Uganda to dedicate..Read More

Ordination in Uganda

Sizomu studied to be at rabbi at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and after five years, he returned to Uganda where he was formally ordained. He returned to Uganda to continue his goal of bringing the Ugandan community into mainstream Jewish..Read More