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.

Watch this 5-minute videoto learn more about Kulanu's work:

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!

Please contact us with questions, or to introduce yourself to "all of us" and get on our mailing list! We would love to stay in touch with you about our work with Jews around the world.

Thanks so much!

- "All of Us" at Kulanu

Kulanu Highlights

Announcing the 2015 Kulanu-Lemba Speaking Tour!

Kulanu is delighted to announce the 2015 Kulanu-Lemba Speaking Tour! Modreck Maeresera, a talented young visionary from Harare and an impressive leader of the Lemba Jewish community of Zimbabwe, will be returning to the United States this fall to share the story of the Zimbabwe Lemba with "all of us"! The speaking tour will run from October 15 to November 23, 2015 in the U.S. and Canada.

Click here to learn more - and please share this announcement with your friends, family, and colleagues, thank you!

Audiences will learn about the fascinating history of the Lemba community and their current reconnection with worldwide Judaism. You may remember the news that DNA research showed the "Cohen" priestly gene among the Lemba, substantiating their oral history that they are descended from ancient Israel. After generations of practicing Judaism in secrecy, the Lemba are now reconnecting with the Jewish world.

Modreck Maeresera has taken a leadership role in this "Jewish renaissance" of his ancient community. He will provide an insider's view of the history and practice of the Lemba Jews -- their story of perseverance and commitment to Judaism over hundreds of years, as well as recent developments in the community.

Click here to find out what's involved in hosting Modreck Maeresera, and then click here to inquire about a Kulanu-Lemba event. Thank you for getting involved in this exciting tour!

Kulanu is Accepting Nominations to the Board

Kulanu’s nominating committee invites you to recommend candidates for Kulanu’s board of directors. You are welcome to nominate yourself or someone you know. To make a nomination, please fill out this form. Our outgoing board members include Rabbi Stephen Leon, Judy Manelis (also our outgoing magazine editor), Marcy Stein, and Jack Zeller (Kulanu’s founder and President Emeritus). We thank them all for their extraordinary contributions to Kulanu and to the communities that we support.

Kulanu’s board is a working board of volunteers, with each board member carrying substantial responsibilities. Board meetings are held by telephone conference one Sunday per month from 8:30am to 10:30am Eastern (New York) Time. Involvement with Kulanu can be a very rewarding experience, as we support isolated, emerging, and returning Jewish communities around the world. Please click here to learn more about what's expected of Kulanu Board members.

Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity!

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Seeking Editor / Editorial Team for KulanuNews

image: Latest Issue of KulanuNews

Many of you are familiar with the fantastic work that Judy Manelis has been producing with the Kulanu magazine, KulanuNews, since 2010. We are sad to see her step down from her role as magazine editor (the spring 2015 issue will be her last), but it is time to accept applications for our next Magazine Editor or Editorial Team. If you or someone you know has experience with nonprofit publications, we would love to hear from you!

The magazine editor (or editorial team) prepares two magazines per year, 24-28 pages each; Serge Etele from Cameroon will continue as layout and photography editor. The editor will write some articles her/himself, but often the articles are written by someone else (volunteers, scholars, community members, etc), and the editor's job is to make sure those stories are well-written, fascinating, and of course, accurate.

The editor's role will consist primarily of writing and editing, soliciting and selecting articles, communicating with Kulanu staff and authors, selecting photos from our archives or soliciting photos (e.g. from the author) to accompany the articles, and managing deadlines. We may invite the editor to join the Kulanu Board, or to occasionally participate in board meetings.

You can see our past newsletters and magazines since 1994 at kulanu.org/magazines. Please contact us to inquire about or apply for this volunteer position. Thank you so much!

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"All of Us" Reflect on 2014

image: Beth Yeshourun community rejoices (2014).

The Cameroon Jewish community rejoices upon receiving their donated Torah.
Photo by Serge Etele, 2014.

Last year was full of exciting developments for Kulanu! Thanks to the hard work of our active volunteers and generous supporters, we established relationships with "new" Jewish communities in Brazil, Colombia, Gabon, Ivory Coast, and Madagascar. And we continued to build Jewish knowledge, leadership, practice, and community across the globe through volunteer-visits, online communications, fundraisers, and contributions of Jewish education resources, Judaica, and more.

In December we published our 2014 Annual Report, which lists everything we accomplished last year. It is quite impressive to read! A shorter summary of this can be found in our year-end letter on the Kulanu Blog. We hope you enjoy looking back on 2014 as much as "all of us" have.

We are so grateful for all the volunteers, donors, partners, and other friends who make Kulanu's work possible. As a non-profit, mostly volunteer-run organization, we rely on all of you to help support Jewish communities around the world. Thank you for being part of "all of us"!

Inspired by last year's success?
Please take a moment to consider your financial support for the year ahead as we continue to welcome and help isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world. Visit www.kulanu.org/donate to find how you can make a donation today. Please also share our news and updates with your networks. Thank you so much for your support of Kulanu's work!

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Fall 2014 Issue of KulanuNews Available Online

image: Latest Issue of KulanuNews

The Fall 2014 edition of KulanuNews, Kulanu’s organizational magazine, is available on our web site. This informative and inspiring publication features articles by Kulanu volunteers and community members, as well as wonderful photos to accompany their stories. We think you’ll enjoy this issue!

Click here to check it out in full-color!

Here's a glimpse of what you will find in this issue:

  • Birthday Blessings in Quito, Ecuador, p 1
  • Bnei Anousim in Brazil, p 5
  • Judaism in Cote d’Ivoire and Gabon, p 6
  • Madagascar: Gan Eden Rediscovered, p 12
  • From Cameroon to Israel, p 13
  • Zimbabwe with Love, p 17
  • Volunteer Opportunities, p 21
  • Igbo/Jewish Connection: Reviews, p 23
  • President’s Message, p 24
  • Thank You Donors, p 25
  • Jewish World Music CD, p 26

KulanuNews is published two times a year, and unless otherwise requested, Kulanu mails hard copies of each issue to our donors for a year. If you would like to receive your own copy of future issues, please make a donation now at www.kulanu.org/donate. You can also explore the archives at www.kulanu.org/magazines.

We look forward to hearing what you think about KulanuNews!

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Photos from Kulanu's Jewish Communities Around the World

Lighting candles in Kenya.
Photo courtesy Yehudah Kimani, 2014.

At Kulanu, we LOVE pictures! Photographs are a great way to feel connected with people who are too far away to visit often, and to show the amazing diversity of global Judaism.

We regularly receive stunning photos from our volunteers and community members around the world, and we are delighted to share them with all of you. These images tell the stories of individual Jewish communities, but also reflect all of our Jewish lives.

Below is just a small selection of our photo archives -- check out the full public collection at www.kulanu.phanfare.com!

Here is a sampling of Kulanu's online photo albums: 

We also have lots of great videos on the Kulanu Inc channel on YouTube - visit www.youtube.com/kulanuvideo to watch Jewish communities around the world sing, make matzah, and talk about their lives.

If YOU have any pictures or videos you'd like to share with Kulanu, please click here to find out how. Thank you!

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Kulanu's 2014 Tribute Journal Honors Rabbanit Bonita Nathan Sussman and Rabbi Gerald Sussman

Please enjoy viewing the online Sussman Tribute Journal, which is filled with beautiful photos and messages that demonstrate the impact that Rabbanit Bonita and Rabbi Gerald Sussman have had on the worldwide Jewish community.

Click here to view the Tribute Journal as a slideshow!

Thank You to the friends and family of Boni and Gerry Sussman who contributed to this fundraising Tribute Journal, which will further support the work which the Sussmans and "all of us" at Kulanu do in support of Jewish communities across the globe. Todah Rabah!

Please visit the tribute page to learn more about the Sussmans' exceptional commitment to world Jewry.

Inspired? You can still show your appreciation of Rabbanit Boni and Rabbi Gerry by contributing to a forthcoming addendum to the Sussman Tribute Journal: use this form with your donation (see kulanu.org/donate). Thank you!

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