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Who are the Abayudaya?

The Abayudaya, (the Jews of eastern Uganda), who number about 2,000 souls, are concentrated in a few towns and villages in Uganda and western Kenya, with their cultural center near the Ugandan city of Mbale. Devout in practice, keeping kosher and observing Shabbat and holy days, the Abayudaya (which means "People of Judah" in local language Luganda) have been recognized as legitimately Jewish by the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Renewal movements of Judaism.

To learn more about the history of the Abayudaya, click here

To learn more about life in Namutumba and the challenges facing its residents, click here

To see photos and read about our visits to Abayudaya communities, click here.

For further reading, click here

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