Manhattan College, along with Congregation Tehillah, Riverdale Temple and the Hebrew Institute, have teamed to co-sponsor a program featuring JJ Keki, a leader of the 1,000-member Abayudaya Jewish community of Uganda. It will be held in Manhattan College’s O’Malley Library on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
The program, which is free and open to the public, is part of a Kulanu speaking tour to raise funds for two Abayudaya schools that educate and feed 700 Jewish, Christian and Muslim children. Kulanu – “All of Us” in Hebrew – was founded in 1994 and is a nonprofit organization that supports isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world.
Keki has been acclaimed in O, The Oprah Magazine for his interfaith coffee co-op and was also nominated for a Grammy in traditional world music. He will share the story of the community’s evolution, from its struggle to maintain its Jewish identity in the face of persecution, to the remarkable development of ties with neighbors of different faiths. A multimedia presentation will detail the education, nutrition, health and economic development programs that are supported by Kulanu.