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Sunday, April 28, 2013 “The Lemba Jewish Community of Zimbabwe”

  • 28 Apr 2013
  • 12:30 PM
  • Temple Beth Israel, 3601 Dempster, Skokie
 “The Lemba Jewish Community of Zimbabwe” will be the topic of a DVD to be shown.

The recording was made of a live webcast that occurred earlier in the year at Temple Sholom in Chicago from the 92nd Street Y in New York City. The webcast featured Modreck Zvakavapano Maeresera of Harare, Zimbabwe, who provided an insider’s perspective on the historic Lemba community’s traditions and Jewish practices.
In the last ten years, advanced DNA research has identified the priestly Cohen haplotype gene in more than half of all males in the Buba clan, which, in Lemba oral tradition, had a leadership role in bringing the Lemba out of Israel through Yemen into Africa.
The Lemba Jews of Zimbabwe currently number about 150,000 in a country of 14 million people. They live among and look like the predominant local Shona tribe in southern Zimbabwe, and speak the Shona language.

The JGSI meeting facilities will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members/guests who want to use genealogy library materials, get help with genealogy websites on the Internet, or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins. For more information phone 312-666-0100.

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