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Judaism In Central Africa

In early 2000, Rabbi Avtzon was asked by his former classmate and Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Kinshasa, DRC and the senior Emissary for Central Africa to help them expand and open new centers for Judaism in Central Africa.

Rabbi Bentolila is responsible for all Jewish activities throughout Central Africa and regularly sends groups of Rabbinical students for the High Holidays and Passover to Angola, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Freetown, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, etc.

In March 2001, Rabbi Avtzon flew out to Kinshasa for their Gala 20th Anniversary Celebration, at which time Rabbi Bentolila announced the opening of several new initiatives. 

In August 2001, the first Rabbinical Seminary in Central Africa opened its doors for 10 students from New York.

In November 2001, Chabad of Central Afica opened its first regional office in Lagos, Nigeria (later relocated to Abuja as they have a larger Jewish community).

In December 2014, Chabad of Central Africa announced the opening of a new center in Luanda, Angola.

In May 2015, Chabad of Central Africa announced the opening of a new center in Accra, Ghana.

Plans are in the works for the opening of additional centers across Central Africa in the near future.

To learn more about the work of Chabad in Central Africa, please visit their website

To donate to the growth of Chabad in Central Africa, please donate here /civicrm/contribute/transact?cid=0&reset=1&id=12

Sun, October 1 2023 16 Tishrei 5784