Israel & The Abayudaya Community: A Rabbinical Dialogue

A webinar will take place on Sunday, March 7th, 2021

at 9:00 AM, PT / 12:00 Noon, ET / 7:00 pm, Israel time / 8:00 pm, Uganda time.

The Abayudaya Jews of Uganda seek equality and inclusion in Israel, in the global Jewish community and, in the Zionist  community. In Israel they face ongoing discrimination and legal challenges in their quest for full recognition by the State.

As we begin to prepare for Pesach, a holiday of questions, Masorti brings together distinguished rabbis across countries and time zones to explore some answers (and maybe more questions…these are rabbis!) in a Zoom webinar.

The speical guest speaker is Rabbi Gershom Sizomu.  Rabbi Gershom Sizomu is the first native-born, ordained, Black rabbi in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also the first chief rabbi of the Abayudaya in Uganda, a member of the Ugandan Parliament and a Grammy award nominee.  He will be joined by:

  • Rabbi Gordon Tucker, Vice Chancellor for Religious Life and Engagement at JTS, Member of Masorti Foundation Board
  • Rabbi Andy Sacks, Director of the Masorti Movement’s Rabbinical Assembly in Israel, Director of Masorti Israel’s Religious Affairs Bureau

  • Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Rector and Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy, American Jewish University, Member of the Masorti Foundation Board

For additional information and to register, refer to the announcement page at


We also recommend Background Information on the Israeli Supreme Court Case Regarding the Jewish Community in Uganda

This was posted on The Rabbinical Assembly website on January 26, 2021.


The Seaboard Region of the FJMC established a fund to assist the Abayudaya

during the COVID-19 crisis and is now collecting contributions to help the Hadassah School in Aaron’s memory, as well as assist with the basic needs of the Abayudaya community.  Funds go directly to the school and to the Abayudaya Men's Club, which is working to provide for the school and the community. Please go to Crisis Support for the Abayudaya to contribute.