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.
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
Rabbanit Boni and Rabbi Gerald Sussman
This year Kulanu has chosen to honor Rabbanit Bonita and Rabbi Gerald Sussman, a power couple whose work with Kulanu has had a profound impact on Kulanu communities and on the mission of our organization. In the last four years, Boni and Rabbi Gerald have traveled to India, Cameroon, Nicaragua, and New Guinea on behalf of isolated and emerging Jewish communities. This year alone, they have visited Nicaragua a second time and plan to travel to Madagascar this summer. They are true pioneers and, one might say, holy malachim or messengers on behalf of Judaism. Where there are people who seek to learn about our faith, the Sussmans are there. When a community leader has needed access to Jewish education, they have responded; when a community has looked for Jewish books, a Torah, teachers, the Sussmans are on the front line. Together or separately, they continue to make an impact as they crisscross the world on Kulanu business.
Rabbanit Boni and Rabbi Gerald’s association with Kulanu began seven years ago when they went for two weeks to visit the Bene Ephraim Jewish community in Andhra Pradesh, India. Today, Boni serves as a Kulanu vice president with special responsibilities for emerging Jewish communities. She is a whirlwind of activity with the energy of three people, always in motion, suggesting new projects, networking and assisting Kulanu communities on their spiritual journeys. Rabbi Gerald holds no formal title in Kulanu, but unstintingly gives his time, energy and Jewish learning to promote Kulanu’s mission; he is a true partner in transmitting and spreading Judaism to communities abroad. Currently, he is serving as a spiritual advisor to the isolated community of Madagascar. He has not just accompanied Boni, but he has taken an active role in educating communities on Jewish law and ritual.
Please visit the tribute page to learn more about the Sussmans' exceptionnal work and to see how you can show your appreciation of Rabbanit Boni and Rabbi Gerald Sussman by contributing to the Journal. We'll be publishing an addendum soon with more messages.. Visit www.kulanu.org/donate and be sure to include "Sussmans Tribute" in the memo or comments field of your gift. Thanks!
Latest Issue of KulanuNews Now Available Online!
The Fall 2013 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:
- What's Happening in Africa, p 1
- Harare Synagogue a Reality, p 9
- Two Burgeoning Jewish Communities in Ecuador, p 11
- Oral Traditions of the Lemba, a Book Review ....................… 16
- Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey, a Book Review .....18
- Nigerian Leaders Visit Rhode Island, p 19
- Thank You Donors, p 21
- Mitzvah Tour of Uganda, p 24
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 to three 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!