2004Lekhu Neranena
Rabbi Gershom Sizomu was born in 1969 in Uganda. His father was the Abayudaya community’s rabbi and mohel, and his maternal grandfather was the community’s chief rabbi. He became the community rabbi upon his father’s death in 1991. He and his family have been active musicians in the community for many years, setting much of the Jewish liturgy to traditional African rhythms and harmonies. He received a BA in education from the Islamic University in Uganda, and later founded and led the only Jewish high school in Uganda and the Abayudaya Yeshiva. He received ordination in 2008 from American Jewish University’s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and returned to Uganda where he continues to serve the community there
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