Judaism

Lemba Jewish community leader embarks on North American speaking tour

February 19, 2013
Modreck Maeresera, a leader of the Lemba Jewish community in Zimbabwe, will be visiting Temple Emanu-El in Port Richmond a neighborhood situated in Staten Island (one of the five boroughs of New York City, United States) on February 22-23 as part of a North American speaking tour. The tour, which began on February ...

Zambian Jews to establish museum in preparation to UNWTO indaba

January 11, 2013
Preparations for the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly have gained momentum in Zambia. According to The Times of Zambia, a group of Zambia-based Jews led by Simon Zukas (a Jewish activist who played an important part in Zambia’s independence struggle) said it was planning to ...

Zimbabwe’s Lemba member to guest speak at US university

January 8, 2013
In the United States, they will be learning about the Lemba of Zimbabwe. A visiting member of Zimbabwe’s Lemba Jewish community is scheduled to intervene as a guest speaker. Florida International University research professors Nathan Katz and Tudor Parfitt will teach the class “The Jews of Asia and Africa,” which will be open ...

Congregation for Humanistic Judaism seeks study materials for schools in Zimbabwe

November 15, 2012
Books for Zim (pictures), a project of Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, has collected more than 1,600 pounds of books for delivery to village schools in Zimbabwe through a partnership with US-Africa Children’s Fellowship. Relly Coleman, a congregation member, founded the project in 2005 after a family trip to Zimbabwe to celebrate the 90th ...

Lemba guitarist takes interest in his African-Jewish heritage for new album

August 12, 2012
When I first met Hamlet Zhou, he was the guitarist in Andy Brown and the Storm, for years one of Zimbabwe’s most popular and exciting bands.  At the time, I was based in Zimbabwe, where Hamlet was born and had lived his entire life. I had come there to do film and ...

Jewish Zimbabwean creative publishes a cookbook. She was friends with Sally Mugabe and founded Zimbabwe’s first eye clinic

June 21, 2012
When we meet in a New York café, Stella Cohen is far from home, which is Harare, Zimbabwe. She’s also far from the roots of her cooking, which is the island of Rhodes, in Greece. But for Cohen, a cookbook writer, artist, textile designer and communal leader, the past has ...

How to make Muslims more prominent in Zimbabwe?

December 23, 2011
by Mandla Tshuma and Giovanni del Autore A delegation from Zimbabwe participated in the 2nd African Muslim Religious Leaders’ Summit (AMRLS) which took place in Istanbul between 21st and 25th November, 2011. This is where a former president of Comoros Mr. Ahmed Abdullah Mohammed Sabi said Muslims in Africa must ...

Sex and religion in Zimbabwe

December 1, 2011
 reprinted from Jewel Zimbabwe (July 2011) by Rebecca Hodes Zimbabwe is experiencing a religious revival, but the sticking point has always been sex, with a consumer culture that celebrates the joys of sex-on-tap – stilettos in the air, thongs to the wind – what can religion teach us about sex that ...

Moshe Silberhaft, the Travelling Rabbi

September 5, 2011
reprinted from The Jewish Chronicle Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, affectionately known as “The Travelling Rabbi”, seems to recoil when he is asked if he ever dreams of being a conventional community leader. “No… I’m not a pulpit rabbi,” he insists. “I’m an on-the-ground, hands-on, ceremonial rabbi… and I’m as comfortable officiating ...

Jewish preacher: differences between Christianity and Judaism are in their packaging

August 1, 2011
 The differences between Christianity and Judaism are only in the packaging of the two religions. The rest is just the same says Dr. Eric Bloch, a Bulawayo Jewish preacher. Talking to RelZim.org on fundamentals of Judaism at his office on Thursday, July 21, Dr. Bloch said both Jews and Christians believe ...