Check out this video of Rabbi Netanel’s visit to Arusha Jewish community in Tanzania and learn about the Yeminite Jews in Africa with Jewish community leader Yehuda Amir.
Commonwealth Jewish Council (CJC) Chief Executive Clive Lawton is one of the many people working behind the scenes. Speaking to the SA Jewish Report from his home in the United Kingdom, he says he is alarmed that the men have been held in detention for more than a week without being charged. “That would indicate it’s only an investigation, but they still have no legal representation, and how can such an investigation take more than a week?”
He says the CJC has written to the Nigerian high commissioner to the Commonwealth, His Excellency Sarafa Tunji Isola, urging him to pressure his government to release them soon. “They are being detained on the flimsiest of pretexts. I’m sure the Nigerian government wouldn’t want to cultivate an image that foreign visitors can be snatched up on spurious accusations,” says Lawton.
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In India, the pandemic still rages and obtaining oxygen, let alone hospital treatment, is not easy. On Lag Ba’omer, we sent out an urgent request to our communities across the commonwealth asking them to play their part in aiding the coronavirus crisis currently playing out in India.
In less than two weeks, we have simply been blown away by the generosity of response. The incredible communities in Australia, Barbados, Canada, Eswatini, Gibraltar, Mauritius, Jersey, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, and the U.K. have already stepped up and we feel so thankful to be part of this wonderful network.
The Commonwealth Jewish Council has just sent oxygen concentrators to communities across the country, thanks to many of our smaller communities around the world coming together and donating.
Here the Jews of Ahmedabad, the only Jewish community in Gujarat, receive this life saving machine.
On Wednesday 7 October CJC together with the United Synagogue, JAFI and the Beverly Hills Syngaogue partnered up to produce the world’s biggest ‘Sukkah Hop’. We took a virtual trip around the world to a host of communities across five continents and explored the unique cultures, Succot customs and traditions of our global Jewish community. Inlcuding special messages from the President of Israel, Issac Herzog – Chair of Jewish Agency for Israel and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.
Jewish Agency and Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs establish forum with leadership of 30 global and regional Jewish organizations to assess implications of Covid-19 crisis.