Photographer: Jono David. Children of the Kasuku Jewish Community. Ol Kalou Nyandarua Kenya. August 2013

Children of Abraham: A Jewish Revival in Africa - Jono David


According to Jewish tradition, Abraham and Sarah were the first Jews and the parents of the Jewish people. All Jews, whether they were born Jewish or are converts, are considered to be the Children of Abraham and Sarah.

Photographer Jono David captures the amazing phenomenon of a Jewish revival in Africa. A convert to Judaism, when called to the Torah, is blessed as a child of Abraham.

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Photographer: Jono David. The daughter of Rabbi Gershom Sizomu reads from the Torah at shacharit (morning) service, Moses Synagogue. Abayudaya Jewish community. Nabugoye Village, Mbale, Uganda. September 2013

The love affair between the Jewish people and North Africa began in the time of Abraham and Sarah, who fled the great famine in Canaan (ancient Israel) and went to Egypt. North Africa was the home of many Jews, from the destruction of the First Temple until the end of the 20th century. In the 19th century Jews immigrated to the south of the continent. Today, in the 21st century, northern Africa has been drained of most of its Jewish inhabitants, while southern Africa has lost well over half. However, a Jewish renewal is beginning in the center of the continent as tribes adopt Jewish ways of life. The following exhibition is a glimpse into a fascinating new phenomenon still unknown to many of us.

“He who travels the road less travelled will see things seen by few.”

This saying encapsulates the work of photographer Jono David, an artist who has dedicated himself to documenting the Jews of Africa.

This intimate photo exhibition will include a selection of David’s spectacular photos depicting a variety of communities of converted Jews throughout Africa. The focus of this exhibit is on community leaders and members, improvised synagogues, cemeteries and monuments, special Judaica items, Jewish holidays and local celebrations.

Jono David – an interview (i24news)

 

Sun-Thu: 10am-7pm ; Fri: 9am-2pm; Saturday: closed

Second Floor

Opened: 4.2.2016

On display until: June 4, 2017

Curators: Amitai Achiman, Asaf Galay