Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT
12:00 pm Lunch & Shabbat Discussion
How much do we know about the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of Jews around the world? Join us for an extraordinary weekend as we explore the subject with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, chief Rabbi of Uganda. Rabbi Sizomu is the first native-born, black rabbi in Sub-Saharan Africa and the first Jewish member of the Ugandan Parliment. He was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in CA and is the current spiritual leader of the 100-year-old Abayudaya community of almost 2,000 Jews living in rural villages in Eastern Uganda. In July 2008, Rabbi Sizomu conducted a conversion ceremony for 250 Africans. He stressed the viability of the Jewish faith for Africans by noting, "The relationship between God and the Jews in the Torah resonates for many spiritual seekers. It is
important that Africans and others know they can choose Judaism as a spiritual path and that we are open to them." The cost to attend the dinner is $18 per adult. Register with Alice Schoen at
[email protected] or 203-542-7165.