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In recent years it has started to become known in the global Jewish community that there are many Africans that are actually Jewish. Throughout the centuries they have been practicing Judaism handed down from their ancestors, despite suffering alienation and persecution for adhering to their faith.
One such group is the Sefwi Wiawso community in North Western Ghana.
Ghana's Jews have been wandering about in Africa for hundreds of years, moving around because of religious persecution. Over the centuries they crossed the Sahara desert, lived in Niger, and in Mali and from there they moved to the Ivory Coast. They came to Ghana approximately 150 years ago.
The Sefwi Jewish community comprises about 200 people who are mostly poor farmers and their families.
The Jews of Sefwi stop work on Shabbat, eat only kosher food, circumcise their newborn sons, pray in a synagogue and adhere to the laws of ritual purity.
For hundreds of years they believed themselves to be the only Jews in the world. It was only in the 1980’s that they started to become connected with some Jews living in America and Israel.
Jacob is one of the pillars of the Sefwi Wiawso community. We are trying to bring him for a visit to Israel. This will be the first time that anyone from his community will have visited the Jewish homeland. Jacob's presence in Israel will forge an important tie between his community and Israel. This spiritual connection and its physical manifestation will benefit all Jews everywhere, because we are one people and one nation.
You can read the amazing story of the Jews of Sefwi Wiawso here:
The money received from your donations will cover Jacob's flight ticket and his basic living costs while he is in Israel. It may also be used to acquire legal support to back up his visa.
I am an Israeli Jew who is searching for unity. I want to play a part in strengthening the connection between these African Jews and the global Jewish community. I also believe that their sincerity and deep commitment to core Jewish values will benefit the global Jewish community. Jacob is a pseudonym for the person that I am advocating for in Ghana.
(Kulanu is a US based organisation that supports isolated and returning Jewish communities all over the world. The full film represented in the above trailer is available on Amazon Prime).