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Kulanu’s Year End Letter 2010


2010 has been a year to remember as Kulanu completed its seventeenth year of outreach to isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world. It continues to be a joy for me to serve as President of Kulanu, working with you and “all of us.” This year we continued to sustain long-time relationships and develop new ones. As I look back on 2010, here are some highlights of Kulanu’s work. Read more… »

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Kulanu Fall Newsletter is Now Online - Focus on B’nai Anousim

image: 2010 fall newsletter front page

The Fall, 2010 issue of the Kulanu Newsletter is now online - you can read it here. In this issue, editor Judy Manelis turns our attention to a major issue of our time… that of the B’nai Anousim (also known as Conversos, Marranos, Secret Jews and Crypto-Jews), the descendants of the Jews in Spain and Portugal who were forced to convert to Catholicism.

In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest by B’nai Anousim in their ancestry and ancient faith. Many want to learn about their Jewish heritage and/or return to the Jewish community. Sadly, many synagogues and communities are not welcoming. It is our hope that this issue of our newsletter will open up a dialogue in Jewish communities and synagogues around the country and abroad and will challenge Kulanu readers to think about what steps they can take in their own communities to ensure B’nai Anousim receive a warm welcome. Read more… »

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Announcing the 2011 Kulanu-Kaifeng Speaking Tour!

Shi Lei, by SJI

Shi Lei by SJI

Shi Lei's 2010 Kaifeng speaking tour received rave reviews, and due to popular demand, Shi Lei has agreed to return next year for three weeks only, from February 15th through March 7th, 2011, to share the history of the fascinating Jewish community of Kaifeng. A professional tour guide in China (specializing in tours of Jewish sites), Shi Lei has studied Hebrew and Jewish studies for three years in Israel, and is an experienced lecturer. Shi Lei will discuss what Jewish traditions were lost in Kaifeng and what was preserved through the centuries, and what some young Chinese Jews are doing to re-connect to their roots now.
Click here for more about the Kulanu-Kaifeng 2011 speaking tour!
(Thanks to the Sino-Judaic Institute for this photo of Shi Lei.)

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Get Involved with Kulanu

Check out our Getting Involved Page for lots of ideas on how you can support Kulanu. Here are a few:

  • Make a donation
  • Check out our volunteer opportunities
  • Help spread the word by becoming a fan of Kulanu’s page on Facebook. You can now become a fan by texting "fan Kulanu" to FBOOK (32665) on your cell phone!
  • Tell bar and bat mitzvah students, as well as rabbis and Jewish educators, about our bar/bat mitzvah program - send us your address and let us know how many brochures you would like to distribute.

We appreciate your support of Kulanu's work with Jewish communities around the world!

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