The Abayudaya Community and "All of Us"
Young Abayudaya Girl Admires Hanukah Lights in Uganda.
Photo by Aaron Kintu Moses, 2011
The Abayudaya community is one of the first far-away Jewish communities that Kulanu (www.kulanu.org) met and came together to support; volunteers first visited Uganda in 1995, just one year into Kulanu's existence as a non-profit. This early partnership helped to solidify the organization's commitment to isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world, and to establish the Abayudaya as a widely recognized Jewish community. Today, they represent what Kulanu aims to acheive: helping far-away Jews to connect and learn from each other - further strengthening the Jewish lives of all of us across the globe.
Here's a sampling of some ongoing Kulanu-Abayudaya projects:
- A primary and secondary school that serve the Abayudaya children, as well as their Christian and Muslim neighbors.
- The school nutrition program, which funds breakfast and lunch every school day for the 800 students at the two Abayudaya schools.
- Economic sustainability and other community support programs, such as micro-credit loans, vanilla and coffee co-ops, and a women's association.
- An annual speaking tour that updates donors and friends on the progress of these projects.
Browse the links below to learn more, and click here for an overview of what "all of us" have accomplished together over the years.
Inspired? There are many ways you can support the Jews of Uganda! A fun and social way to start is through our Personal Fundraising Pages, which allow you to set up your own page that you can share with your family and friends. These PFPs are a great way to inform your networks about the Abayudaya and raise needed funds for the two schools and the student nutrition program. Go to kulanu.org/donate for a list of our Fundraisers and click on the one you want to support; from that page click "Register" in the top left and follow the instructions to create and share your own PFP! Contact us with any questions and comments. Thank you for stepping up to assist the Abayudaya community!
Other urgent funding needs and current capital projects are listed here. Visit the Get Involved page for more ways to join in this important work, or contact Kulanu to let us know you want to help (select "Kulanu Office" from the drop-down menu). We can't wait to hear from you.
Host Shoshanna Nambi in Your Community This Fall!
Kulanu is thrilled to announce that this fall's Abayudaya speaking tour - running from October 23 to November 24, 2014 - will feature young activist Shoshanna Nambi. In 2013, Shoshanna was the first Jewish woman to represent her community on this annual Kulanu-organized tour; one host described Ms. Nambi's presentation as "heart-warming and educational... truly unforgettable."
We are requesting your help in filling this year's tour calendar. Share this announcement with decision-makers in your community (rabbi or synagogue president, leader of your social action group, university department heads, etc) and encourage them to get involved. And if you are a decision-maker, please click here!
A product of the high school that Kulanu helps to sustain, Shoshanna is among the first Abayudaya women to graduate from university. As a former youth leader, an active Jewish learner and participant in her congregation, as well as a mother and an administrator in organizations that address women's and community health issues, Shoshanna will present a fresh and unique perspective on the roles of women in the Abayudaya community and the challenges they face.
Learn more about Shoshanna and this year's speaking tour here: www.kulanu.org/abayudaya/speakingtour2014
Click here to find out how to invite Shoshanna to your community this fall!
View the Online Tribute to Two Inspiring Abayudaya Leaders
Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to the 2012 Kulanu Tribute Journal. Check out the final product!
Click here to view the Tribute Journal honoring Aaron Kintu Moses and Naume Sabano of Uganda. Filled with beautiful photos and messages by Kulanu-Abayudaya visitors, volunteers, and other friends from around the world, the journal documents the impact this remarkable couple has had on the Abayudaya Jewish community, their neighbors, and on Jews everywhere. Contributions in honor of Aaron and Naume support the two Abayudaya schools they hold so dear, and the school nutrition program we all work so hard to maintain.
Kulanu thanks volunteers Jocelyn Spencer and Emma Patterson for their help in creating the online journal.
Thank you for your support and your involvement!
- Click here to download Shoshannah's slideshow as an .exe file
- Click here to download the slideshow as a .ppt file
- Kulanu Abayudaya Slide Show new
- Kulanu Abayudaya Slide Show
- The Schools of the Abayudaya Jews a five-minute video by Gabriel Molton in connection with Jemglo.org (2007)
- Recordings of the Music of the Abayudaya, Jews of Uganda
Kulanu's Work with the Abayudaya
- What’s Happening in Africa: Cameroon, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe By Judy Manelis (2013)
- Changing the Lives of Deaf Children Judy Manelis (2012)
- Kulanu and the Abayudaya: An Overview Katie Rosenthal (2012)
- Two Worlds Meet in Uganda Judy Manelis (2011)
- Promising Anti-Poverty Project Initiated in Abayudaya Village of Namutumba Barbara Vinick (2011)
- Problem Solved! (2011)
- From the Ground Up: Kulanu-Abayudaya Education and Economic Development Laura Wetzler (2010)
- Delicious Peace Spreads to Poorest Villages Laura Wetzler (2009)
- Abayudaya Update: Trip Report Laura Wetzler (2008)
- Lots of Exciting News from Uganda Laura Wetzler (2007)
- It Is a Joy to Do This Work Laura Wetzler (2006)
- Teaching About Childbirth in Uganda (Again) Anne Katz-Jacobson (2007)
- Mayim Chayim: Water is Life! Laura Wetzler (2006)
- The "Mirembe Kawomera" Multi-faith Coffee Project (2005)
- Election Part 1 Part 2 Rabbi, Run Matthew Fishbane, Tablet Magazine (2011)
- Mbale's Jews H. Lunega (2001)
- The Genesis of the Abayudaya Community J. J. Keki (2001)
- Portrait of a Leader: J.J. Keki K. Primack (1999)
- Semei Kakungulu, Jewish Warrior? I. Berg (1995)
- A History of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda A. Oded (website link)
Kulanu Volunteers and Others Visit the Abayudaya
- Celebrating Passover with Uganda's Jews Jocelyn Frank (2008)
- My D'Var Torah (Bar Mitzvah Speech) in Uganda Zak Cohen (2007)
- My Reprise Visit to Uganda Lynne Elson (2007)
- The Passion of a Young Volunteer Max Yadin (2006)
- Wetzler Receives Rare Award (2006)
- Rabbi Worch Visits the Abayudaya, Part 1: Another Traveler to Uganda
- Rabbi Worch Visits the Abayudaya, Part 2: Shabbes Cholent in Uganda?
- Visiting the Ugandan Miracle K. Primack (1995)
- Women to Women in Uganda R. Posner (1995)
The Abayudaya and the Larger Jewish World
- Gershom Sizomu's Year in Israel: A Ugandan Jew's View of Israel as the Promised Land Hilary Leila Krieger (2005)
The Abayudaya Beit Din
- Contemplating Miracles in Uganda Karen Primack (2002)
- A Rabbi's Sermon About the Beit Din Rabbi Scott Glass (2002)