Jewish Communities Around the World

Redesigning Jewish life in Argentina: Fundación Judaica: A Network of Communities: Unity in Diversity

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Fundación Judaica´s commitment for the future is to ensure continuity, enhancing Jewish identity through the spiritual and real connection with Israel and other Jewish communities of the Diaspora. This means Argentine Jewish life with all its components: synagogue, education, tzedakah, integration, participation and culture. Fundación Judaica trains and educates a new generation of leaders who will be able to lead the community by the Jewish values and principles of respect, plurality, and inclusion.

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Jacob's Children in the Land of the Mahdi: Jews of the Sudan

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The story of a little known community of Jews who lived and prospered in the Sudan when it was still a British colony will be discussed. This presentation, based on Eli S. Malka's book, Jacob's Children in the Land of the Mahdi, will tell the group's history from its origins as an isolated group of eight Jewish families trapped in the turmoil of the Mahdi's revolt in 1881, through its period of growth, to its final demise a mere eighty years later. Eli Malka, who was at one time president of the community, director of the largest British company in East Africa, and eldest son of the Chief Rabbi was an eyewitness to most of the events in the book. The speaker is the son of Eli Malka and was born in the Sudan and therefore lived through many of the events presented.

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Cape Verde Historical Project

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This presentation will discuss the work of The Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project, Inc. (CVJHP), a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization that aims to honor the memory and explore the contributions of the many Sephardic Jewish families who immigrated to Cape Verde from Morocco and Gibraltar in the mid-19th century. The primary goals of CVJHP are to preserve Cape Verde’s Jewish heritage by restoring and maintaining Jewish burial grounds, to educate future generations about the Jews of Cape Verde, and to encourage Jewish heritage tourism. CVJHP has the support of the Government of the Republic of Cape Verde and is working in close partnership with both municipal authorities and descendants of Jewish families to achieve these goals.

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Recovering the Lives of South African Jewish Women During the Migration Years, c1880-1945

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Of all Jewish diaspora communities in modern times, social conditions unique to South Africa allowed Jewish women, part of a privileged white European settler minority, to play a pioneering role in fields, such as politics, law, literature, theatre and art, to a degree beyond that in the older, larger and more established Jewish communities of the United Kingdom and the United States. If individual Jewish women became conspicuous in the public sphere, their self-confidence was nurtured by a Jewish community unusual in its cohesiveness, rooted in its homogeneous origins in the rural communities in Lithuania and Latvia that forged a common identity that was reinforced within South Africa’s racially and ethnically divided society. This presentation, based on the author’s doctoral thesis, will survey the collective experiences of Jewish women - including migration, immigrant neighbourhoods, marriage, education and careers, welfare and Zionist societies and the women’s enfranchisement movement - and will juxtapose them to those of a small number of highly individualistic women, iconoclasts, whose cultural and political backgrounds predisposed them to rebel against accepted social and political conventions and to contribute (in some cases at great personal sacrifice), to the political and cultural life of South Africa.