Uganda To South Africa -
A Historical Rabbinic Visit
Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, Rabbi of the Abuyadaya community in Uganda recently visited the Masorti Shalom Congregation in Johannesburg, South Africa. The kehilla warmed to him immediately as his magnetic personality, warmth of character and Jewish insight permeated through the congregation.
Rabbi Sizomu spoke on the local Jewish radio station ChaiFM. He was also interviewed by the local Jewish newspaper The Jewish Report, a weekly publication.
He gave the D'var Torah on Friday night, Maftir and Haftorah on Saturday morning, gave a talk on the Abuyadaya congregation on Saturday morning as well as singing for us on Sunday Morning at a Breakfast Minyan.
"It was an absolute pleasure to have him with us and we do foresee that we will certainly be able to connect with him and his congregation in the future. As a gesture of our 'twinning' with his congregation we gave him our old Torah covers and curtain to take back with him as ours were recently redone as a result of a donation which we received. He in turn dedicated the new covers in our shul. We were absolutely overawed by his presence and thoroughly enjoyed his interaction with our congregation." wrote Tony Harmon, Chairman of Masorti Shalom Congregation.
Rabbi Tzvi Graetz visited Canada earlier this month. He served as the Scholar in Residence at Congregation Beth Tzedec in Toronto.
Many thanks to Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl (above right) and his entire kehilla for a wonderfully warm reception.
The MERCAZ Canada Reception at Beth Tikvah Congregation in Toronto. Thank you to Rabbi Jarrod Grover (back 3rd from left) for hosting. Also pictured: Rabbi Sean Gorman (l), Rabbi Jennifer Gorman (front 1st from left) and Rabbi Tzvi Graetz (middle) and other members of MERCAZ Canada.
On Sunday, he visited Or Shalom in London Ontario, where he spoke on Religious Pluralism in Israel. Or Shalom's
Morning services at Or Shalom in London, Ontario.
Rabbi Catherine Clark said "Thank you for speaking at Or Shalom this morning. Already a number of congregants reported back that they are pleased to have had the opportunity to learn about the important work of MERCAZ and Masorti Olami. Greater appreciation for the many ways in which Judaism is practiced is important to the congregants at Or Shalom."
Rabbi Graetz also spent time at Beth Jacob in Hamilton Ontario and with members of MERCAZ Canada.
Thank you to Rabbi Jennifer Gorman, Executive Director of MERCAZ Canada and to Marion Mayman, MERCAZ Canada President, for helping us to spread the word about the importance of MERCAZ around the world!
At Beth Jacob Synagogue with Rabbi Dan Selsberg (l) and Rabbi Jennifer Gorman (middle).
Masorti Olami projects are supported by
The World Zionist