Communities

Our primary mission at Kulanu is to support isolated, emerging, and developing Jewish communities around the world. We aim to create global networks for our partner communities, and strive for their greater recognition by world Jewry.

Some partner communities are returning to their Jewish roots, such as the Bnei Anousim, who were forced to convert to Christianity in Spain and Portugal since the 15th century and some of whom continued to practice Judaism in secret. Today their descendents can be found in our partner communities across the Spanish and Portugese speaking world. Other communities embraced Judaism from scratch, often in complete isolation. Sometimes we offer conversion to these groups, such as the Ugandan Abayudaya, who developed a Jewish practice over the course of a century. More still lay claim to their status as a “lost” tribe of Israel, including groups in India and China.

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In total, we have connected with more than fifty communities. We invite you to explore those with whom we are currently collaborating, to learn about their Jewish practice and everyday life:

[all of the below are links to individual community pages]

Anousim, Crypto-Judaism
Includes communities from across the Spanish-speaking world, in Europe and the Americas
Cameroon
Ethiopia
Ghana
Gabon
India
Italy
Ivory Coast
Kenya
Madagascar
Nigeria
Poland
Suriname
Tutsi
Uganda (Abayudaya)
Zimbabwe (Lemba)