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Ugandan Jewish Leader to Speak at Ithaca College

 ITHACA, NY — Aaron Kintu Moses, director of education for the Abayudaya Jewish community in Mbale, Uganda, will give a multimedia presentation at Ithaca College on Thursday, Nov. 3. His talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in Textor 103.

Moses will share the story of the 1,000-member Abayudaya community — which was established nearly a century ago — and its struggle to maintain its Jewish identity in the face of persecution and intolerance, particularly during the regime of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.

He will describe the extraordinary progress the Abayudaya community has made and the leadership role it has forged crossing religious lines. Projects include a fair trade organic coffee cooperative among Jewish, Christian and Muslim farmers; primary and secondary school programs that provide education and meals to children from all three religions studying together in peace; and health education and women’s empowerment programs.

The presentation is sponsored by Hillel at Ithaca College and U.S.-based Kulanu, Inc., a grassroots, not-for-profit Jewish organization that supports isolated and emerging Jewish communities worldwide. Kulanu (“All of Us” in Hebrew) raises awareness and support for these communities through education, research and publications about their histories and traditions.

For more information on the Abayudaya, visit www.kulanu.org/abayudaya/.



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