On this day: The El Ghriba synagogue bombing

By Libby Galvin, April 11, 2011

Just weeks before the annual pilgrimage to Lag B'Omer – a major celebration time - Africa's oldest synagogue was targeted in an al-Qaeda plot.

It was a Thursday afternoon when a suicide bomber drove a truck loaded with explosives into the outer wall of the historic Tunisian El Ghriba synagogue, killing 21 and injuring 30 more.


Travelling rabbi battles killer bees in Zimbabwe

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

A rabbi working to support the dwindling Jewish population of Zimbabwe is recovering after a killer bee attack.

Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, a director of the African Jewish Congress, an umbrella organisation for Jewish communities in 13 countries, was in Harare on a Shabbat afternoon walk as part of a pre-Passover visit when a swarm of bees appeared from a hive beneath a wooden pole.


Israeli medical team to aid Ivory Coast displaced

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

An Israeli humanitarian aid organisation is to send a team to help victims of violence in the Ivory Coast.

Bitter fighting over the results of November's presidential election in the cocoa-rich African country has left more than one million people displaced from their homes.

Around 150,000 people have escaped across the border into refugee camps in Liberia.


New moves to boycott Israeli gems

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Boycotters have begun alleging that rough diamonds polished in Israel are "blood diamonds."


Africa's Jewish apartheid fighters honoured with stamp set

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2011

The “extraordinary” efforts of Jewish heroes of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa have been honoured by three African countries.

Liberia, Sierra Leone and Gambia have issued three sets of special commemorative stamps to mark the contribution of figures including Helen Suzman, Eli Weinberg and Ronald Segal.


African educator visits Kerem twin

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2011

A Ghanaian headmistress who has been on a tour of Jewish primary schools says she hopes to teach Jewish culture to her pupils at the Morning Star School in Tamale.

Here for a week, during which she also visited Golders Greeen Synagogue, Madame Cecilia went to five Jewish primaries including Kerem in Hampstead Garden Suburb, which is twinned with her school.


People trafficking horror in Sinai

By Nathan Jeffay, March 3, 2011

Just a few miles from Israel's border, a cruel but lucrative business in kidnap and ransom is growing, according to separate reports just released by two Israeli charities.

Since 2005 more than 35,000 illegal African immigrants have reached Israel via Egypt, most with the help of paid Bedouin traffickers who helped those who approached them in return for an agreed fee.


On this day: Morocco declares independence

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

The first of France’s Maghrebi protectorates to throw of its colonial master, Morocco did not share the radical upheaval or violence of neighbouring Algeria in its struggle for independence.


Jewish Libya

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2011

Pictures from Raphael Luzon's visit to Libya.

At the entrance of Hara Kbira.jpg
between Hara Kbira and Hara sghira.jpg
Big Synagogue in Hara Kbira, Tripoli.jpg
Detail on synagogue in Hara Kbira, Tripoli.jpg
Detail on synagogue in Tripoli2.jpg
Entrance of ine ex Synagogue in Hara, Tripoli.jpg
entrance to old house.jpg
ex my Father's office 2.jpg
Gold shops in ex-jewish quartier.jpg
Hara el Kebira Tripoli.jpg
Incaricato degli Affari Esteri al Parlamento libico, On Souleiman El Shehoumi assieme al Ministro per la Sicurezza ed Intelligence, On Buzeid Dorda.jpg
Incaricato degli Affari Esteri al Parlamento libico, On Souleiman El Shehoumi.jpg
Internal of ex Jewish school in hara.jpg
The former Jewish School in Hara Tripoli2.jpg
Place where the Jews gathered in evenings between Hara Kbira and Hara sghira.jpg


Come and convert our tribe - Jewish Uganda

February 24, 2011

The story of the Abayudaya, Uganda's largest Jewish community, which is recognised by the Conservative movement, is well-known.