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Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Program with Samantha Mandeles of The Abayudaya: Portrait of an African Jewish Community Exhibit

Wednesday, September 4 @ 12:30 pm 2:00 pm

Join Samantha Mandeles and Rabbi Leila Gal Berner for a lunch & learn session to understand the history and vibrancy of the Abayudaya, as well as the daily constraints and discrimination facing this isolated yet dedicated Jewish community. Light refreshments will be served. Participants are invited to bring their own dairy or pareve (non-meat) lunch.

Fee: Complimentary

Visit The Abayudaya: Portrait of an African Jewish Community in the Bodzin Gallery from August 17–October 6, 2024. Photography by Samantha Rose Mandeles.

When we think of eastern Africa today, we usually don’t think of a concentration of Jews. But miraculously, one such vibrant community exists! The Abayudaya, who number about 2,000 souls, are concentrated in a few towns and villages in eastern Uganda and western Kenya. Devout in practice, keeping kosher and observing Shabbat and holy days, the Abayudaya (a word in the local language Luganda meaning “People of Judah”) have been recognized as Jews by Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Renewal movements of Judaism.

Learn more about the exhibit here.

Questions? Contact:

Adult Enrichment

Shari Berman



Bodzin Art Gallery at the Pozez JCC

8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
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