Kulanu: All of Us

Welcome to Kulanu, Inc!

A non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in New York City, Kulanu (Hebrew for "all of us") works around the world to support isolated and emerging Jewish communities who wish to learn more about Judaism and (re-)connect with the wider Jewish community.

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Explore our web site to learn more about Kulanu and the communities we work with in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Find out how you can get involved, or make an impact now with a donation and join the global network of Kulanu supporters today!

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Thanks so much!

- "All of Us" at Kulanu

Kulanu Highlights

Kulanu-Madagascar Speaking Tour Announcement 2016

image: Madagascar Speaking Tour

Kulanu is excited to announce our 2016 Kulanu-Madagascar speaking tour. Yes, Madagascar! We met our speaker, Elysha Netsarh, during our journey to that far-away island country off the east coast of Africa. We were immediately struck by Elysha's outgoing personality, her intellect, and her command of English, as she interpreted for us from her native Malagasy language and French.

We are requesting your help in identifying possible venues for this year's Kulanu-Madagascar speaking tour which will run from October 26 to December 5, 2016. Schedules fill up fast, so please act soon to reserve your spot this fall.

Elysha, a researcher and teacher who earned a PhD in plant chemistry at the University of Paris, was raised in Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital city. At a young age, she became interested in probing her country's history, as well as the history of her own family, who, in response to colonial pressures, practiced Christianity along with the majority of the country's residents. When her grandfather revealed the family's Jewish origins, she began to study Judaism in earnest. Her formal conversion in May is the culmination of her search for identity, the fulfillment of a "permanent spiritual thirst."

As a leader of the Jewish community of 150 people deeply committed to Jewish practice, Elysha is in the process of preparing a Hebrew-Malagasy prayer book as well as a Torah translation. The distinctive headscarf she wears elicits questions from students and colleagues at the University of Antananarivo, allowing her to share her Jewish beliefs.

Married to a researcher on soil management, Elysha has high hopes for her new-born community, as she contemplates establishing a Hebrew school for children and inaugurating chevruta (partnered) study of Jewish texts.

Please join us in welcoming Elysha on her first trip to North America. Her multi-media presentation will include videos of the celebration of the conversions of members of the Madagascar Jewish community and the joyous Jewish weddings that followed. Through fabulous pictures and music that will accompany her presentation, audiences will learn about the fascinating little-known country of Madagascar, populated by a warm vibrant people challenged by poverty, and home to an emerging Jewish community that will continue to grow and thrive with our recognition.

View speaking tour announcement

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Latest Issue of KulanuNews Now Available Online

The Spring 2016 issue of KulanuNews, Kulanu's informative publication about Jewish communities around the world, is now available to read on our web site! The latest edition features moving articles by Kulanu volunteers and community members, as well as wonderful color photos to help tell their stories. Click here to check it out in full-color! Here's a glimpse of what you will find in this issue:

image: Latest Issue of KulanuNews
  • If I Were a Brazilian, p 1
  • BCI-Kulanu Partnership , p 5
  • Kulanu in Guatemala, p 8
  • Righteous Women, p 10
  • Book Review: Sub-Saharan Africa, p 18

Click here! to read full articles.

We think you'll enjoy this new issue! (Missed the last one? Read it now at www.kulanu.org/magazines).

KulanuNews is published two times a year, and unless otherwise requested, Kulanu mails hard copies of each issue to our supporters for a year.

This is one of the ways we keep you in the loop about how your contributions are put to work, and also to inform readers about isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world -- remarkable groups you might not learn about anywhere else.

If you would like to receive your own copy of future issues, please make a donation now at www.kulanu.org/donate. We look forward to hearing what you think of KulanuNews!

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Kulanu forms Academic Cohort

This spring, the Kulanu Academic Cohort (KAC) was established to help strengthen the ties between the academic study of Judaising communities and the work that Kulanu does to support Jewish communities around the world.

The KAC is comprised of academics who have researched and written about returning, emerging and isolated Jewish communities around the globe. Some of the communities studied are "Kulanu communities" (see kulanu.org/communities), and Kulanu has helped many scholars to access resources and contact community members for their research. Some of their articles have been published in our magazine, KulanuNews (kulanu.org/magazines), and on our website (www.kulanu.org).

Meet the members of the Kulanu Academic Cohort at www.kulanu.org/kac.

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