Judaism in Africa

See also: History - Religion | South Africa religion

Abuyudaya Jews of Uganda
The Kulanu website has articles. http://www.kulanu.org/abayudaya/index.html See also the Jewish Virtual Library - http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/uganda.html - produced by the American - Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, AICE.

"...community for Jews of African Heritage..." "share information on Jewish history, customs of various African Jews whether born Jews or converts..." http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aframjews/

Association of Religion Data Archives
National profiles for each country. Can compare two countries. Need to use statistifcal programs (SPSS, Stata) to use some data files. Use Quick Lists to compare nations, regions, government and religion. International maps (African continent, countries). Some rankings are puzzling - assigning high religious persecution to Uganda when a U.S. State Dept 2011 report says " There were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation" in Uganda. Based at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, [KF] http://www.thearda.com/

Index to Jewish Periodicals
Subscription only, through EBSCO; many universities subscribe. Check your library web site. Find citations to articles on the Jewish community in Kenya, South Africa, etc. Indexes English-language articles, book reviews, and feature stories in more than 160 journals such as Jewish Affairs. Covers from 1988 onwards.

Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews
"...an Ethiopian-led advocacy and service organization representing Israel's Ethiopian immigrant community. Our goal is to assist in the full and rapid absorption and integration of Ethiopian Jews into mainstream Israeli society." Facts about the community, Ethiopian Jewish culture, history, education & employment initiatives. Based in Jerusalem, Israel. [KF] http://www.iaej.co.il/

Discussion list on the interconnections between Judaism and Jews of African descent, comparative linguistics of Semitic and African languages, the social and cultural history of African and African-American Jews, etc. Co-moderators are Julius Lester and Carolivia Herron. Subscribe at the Shamash website. [KF] http://www.tile.net/lists/index.php?list_id=7352
To subscribe, send a request to: listproc@shamash.org
You will be asked to indicate briefly your research interests.

Jewish Web South Africa
Directory of services, organizations. http://www.jewishweb.co.za/

Jews in Africa
"In the fall of 1999 journalist and musician Jay Sand visited the Jewish communities in Ghana and Uganda, and throughout 2000 he plans to visit groups in Southern and Northern Africa." Has many photographs (esp. of Ghana, Uganda) and audio files of African-Jewish music. Includes recipes, games, music. Maintained by Jay P. Sand, a freelance journalist, historian and activist. [KF] http://www.mindspring.com/~jaypsand/index.htm

Journal of Religion in Africa
"...founded in 1967 by Andrew Walls. In 1985 the editorship was taken over by Adrian Hastings, who retired in 1999. It is interested in all religious traditions and all their forms, in every part of Africa,..." Libraries pay $172 a year. Published by Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands. [KF] http://www.brill.nl/product_id7322.htm

Journal of Religious History
Table of contents only. Volume 23, Number 1, February 1999 was a Special Issue: Africans Meeting Missionaries, edited by Jean Landau and Derek Peterson, with papers presented at a conference at the University of Minnesota in 1997. Pub. by Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, U.K. [KF] http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0022-4227

JTA Online - Global News Service of the Jewish People
"Jewish Telegraphic Agency is an international news service." Use the Search to locate news articles on Ethiopian Jews. "Headquartered in New York, JTA is a not-for-profit corporation." http://www.jta.org/

"...an organization.....dedicated to finding and assisting lost and dispersed remnants of the Jewish people." Sells CDs or tape recordings of the music of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, raises funds for education of the Abayudaya Jews. Site has articles on Jews in Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, the Lemba in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa, Timbuktu, Mali, the Tutsi in Central Africa. [KF] http://www.kulanu.org/

Lost Tribes of Israel
Public Broadcasting Service TV program. Anthropologist, Tudor Parfitt, investigates the historical and genetic roots of the Lemba in southern Africa who claim to be one of the Lost Tribes of Israel. Includes the "Mystery of Great Zimbabwe." The Lemba of Southern Africa, who claim ancient Jewish heritage, may have built Great Zimbabwe. Has links to the American Journal of Human Genetics article on DNA linking the Lemba and Jewish priesthood. [KF] http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/israel/index.html

North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry
Non-profit organization founded in 1982. One of its goals is to help Ethiopian Jews survive in Ethiopia. Sells embroidered (Ethiopian design) pillow covers, bags. History of the Beta Israel (House of Israel) community in Abyssinia. Situation of Falashas in Ethiopia. Online newsletter. Based in New York city. [KF] http://www.nacoej.org/

RAMBI, Index of Articles on Jewish Studies
Free index to journal articles. Find articles on Jews in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, etc. Indexes Jewish Affairs. From the Israel Inter-University Library Network, Jewish National and University Library, Jerusalem, Israel. http://jnul.huji.ac.il/rambi/

Religiously Remapped: Mapping Religious Trends in Africa - Eugene Carl Adogla
Religious profiles for 54 African countries. 22 maps show the predominant religion, the main minority religion, Christianity, Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Sunnis, Shia and other branches of Islam, traditional religions, Baha'i, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Atheism, religious freedom, religion and conflict, interesting religious facts, religious change. Includes references. Completed 2007 by Eugene Adogla, funded by a Stanford University grant. http://www.religiouslyremapped.info/

Rutman, Yisrael - Royal Jew From Swaziland
About Natan Gamedze, translator, linguist, and convert to Judaism. "Gamedze is now a rabbi and teaches Jewish studies in the northern Israeli city of Tzfat where he lives with his wife and son." On the Aish web site. Aish HaTorah "is the vision of American-born Rabbi Noah Weinberg, who founded Aish HaTorah in 1974 to combat alarming assimilation rates." [KF] http://www.aish.com/spirituality/odysseys/The_Royal_Jew_From_Swaziland.asp

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings - Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda
A 2005 GRAMMY Nominee for Best Traditional World Album (Vocal or Instrumental). "....collection of African-Jewish music in which the rhythms and harmonies of Africa blend with Jewish celebration and traditional Hebrew prayer. This compelling repertoire is rooted in local Ugandan music and infused with rich choral singing, Afro-pop, and traditional drumming. The repertoire includes lullabies, political and children's song, religious..." Listen to audio clip samples. http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=3005