An Important Message from the Howard County Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Howard County

           

Jews in Uganda are suffering and dying from a devastating famine.

We can help save lives.  Donate Now.

 

There is a humanitarian crisis taking place in Uganda due to the severe drought affecting the region.  Among the victims are the Jews of Uganda.  Your generous donation will help feed them.  Join us in this life-saving emergency fundraising campaign.

 

*Do you know there is a Jewish community in Uganda?

They are called the Abayudaya (“people of Judah”) — a native community that chose Judaism and currently has 2,000 members.

 

*Do you know that, because of the East African famine, Abayudaya are suffering malnutrition and many cannot eat more than 1 meal per day?

The humanitarian crisis currently sweeping through Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen—and Uganda—is the result of drought, civil wars, and inadequate infrastructure. Uganda’s Jews are affected, as well.  At least two members of the Jewish community have already died of malnutrition.

 

*Do you know that the Abayudaya’s rabbi came to the United States for rabbinical training in Reform and Conservative seminaries?

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu studied at HUC-JIR in New York and was ordained at the Ziegler School in Los Angeles. (In 2016, Rabbi Sizomu ran for the Ugandan Parliament and won an opposition seat.)

 

*Do you know where the Abayudaya get their food?

They are farmers and rely on the crops they grow, which have been devastated by the drought. Many families are subsisting on one meal a day. Rabbi Sizomu recently reported: “People look dehydrated and starving. People got sick and weak, and there are people who died because of complications because of the food shortage.”

 

HELP US HELP OUR PEOPLE IN UGANDA. CLICK HERE TO SEND YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF HOWARD COUNTY; EVERY DOLLAR RAISED WILL BE SENT TO THE JEWS IN UGANDA.

$35 —  feed a family for a week

$150 — feed a family for a month

$250 — feed 10 families for 5 days

$500 — feed 25 families for 4 days

$1,000 — feed 7 family for a month

 

Help us reach our communal goal of raising $10,000. We are happy to report that the Federation’s Board of Directors has authorized a donation of $1,000 to kick-start this emergency campaign.

 

All contributions will be sent to the Jewish Coalition for East African Relief.

 

The Board of Rabbis of Howard County                                    Jewish Federation of Howard County

Rabbi Amy Scheinerman, Chair                                                         Beth Millstein, President

 

Rabbi Mendel Abrams
Rabbi Craig Axler, Temple Isaiah
Rabbi Hillel Baron, Lubavitch Center of Howard County
Rabbi Seth Bernstein, Bet Aviv
Rabbi Gordon Fuller
Rabbi Susan Grossman, Beth Shalom
Rabbi Yocheved Heiligman, Shalom Aleichem
Rabbi Ilyse Kramer, Columbia Jewish Congregation
Rabbi Edythe Mencher, Union for Reform Judaism
Rabbi Daniel Plotkin, Temple Isaiah
Rabbi Martin Siegel, Columbia Jewish Congregation
Rabbi Sonya Starr, Columbia Jewish Congregation
Rabbi Yosef Sufrin, Chabad of Clarksville
Rabbi Morris Zimbalist, Bet Chaverim

  • This JTA article from July 20th describes how Jews in Uganda are suffering from a lack of food, due to a famine that has affected the wider region.

    (Read more here.)

    This JTA article from July 20th describes how Jews in Uganda are suffering from a lack of food, due to a famine that has affected the wider region.

    (Read more here.)

    This JTA article from July 20th describes how Jews in Uganda are suffering from a lack of food, due to a famine that has affected the wider region.

    (Read more here.)

    This JTA article from July 20th describes how Jews in Uganda are suffering from a lack of food, due to a famin...

    (Read more here.)

    This JTA article from July 20th describes how Jews in Uganda are suffe...

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    This JTA article from July 20th describe...

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Abayudaya Community

Learn about the Jewish Abayudaya community from its spiritual leader, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu.