What: Aaron Kintu Moses, headmaster of the Jewish Primary School and a leader of the Abayudaya Jewish community in Uganda, will share the story of the community’s evolution, from its struggle to maintain its Jewish identity in the face of persecution to the development of its ties with neighbors of different faiths. The event is free and open to the public.
When: Thursday, November 8 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Rittenberg Lounge in Mather Hall on the Trinity campus, 300 Summit Street.
Background: This program is part of a Kulanu speaking tour to raise funds for two Abayudaya schools that educate and feed more than 700 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children. Founded in 1994, Kulanu ("All of Us" in Hebrew) is a non-profit organization that supports isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world.
Moses is the director of education for the Abayudaya community, which has approximately 1,500 members. Moses also served as the spiritual leader of the group when his brother, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, was attending rabbinical school in Los Angeles.
Moses will give a multimedia presentation about the education, nutrition, health, and economic development programs that are supported by Kulanu, and perform traditional Abayudaya music.
A Ugandan-inspired lunch will be served, and handmade jewelry created by Abayudaya women will be available for sale.
The event is sponsored by Trinity College Hillel, the Amy Seltzer Memorial Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, the Jewish studies Program, Spiritual and Religious Life, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Educational Studies Program, the Center for Urban and Global Studies and the Department of History.
For more information about the Abayudaya community, please visit: www.kulanu.org/abayudaya. For more information about the event, call 860-297-4195.