Kulanu: All of Us

Welcome to Kulanu, Inc!

A non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in New York City, Kulanu (Hebrew for "all of us") works around the world to support isolated and emerging Jewish communities who wish to learn more about Judaism and (re-)connect with the wider Jewish community.

Watch this 5-minute videoto learn more about Kulanu's work:

Explore our web site to learn more about Kulanu and the communities we work with in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Find out how you can get involved, or make an impact now with a donation and join the global network of Kulanu supporters today!

Please contact us with questions, or to introduce yourself to "all of us" and get on our mailing list! We would love to stay in touch with you about our work with Jews around the world.

Thanks so much!

- "All of Us" at Kulanu

Kulanu Highlights

Latest Issue of KulanuNews Now Available Online

The Spring 2015 issue of KulanuNews, Kulanu's informative publication about Jewish communities around the world, is now available to read on our web site! The latest edition features moving articles by Kulanu volunteers and community members, as well as wonderful color photos to help tell their stories. Click here to check it out in full-color! Here's a glimpse of what you will find in this issue:

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  • How I Became a Cochini Jew, p 1
  • Beit Polska – A National Jewish Outreach Across Poland , p 6
  • 14 Conversions and a Wedding, p 11
  • A Wedding and Conversions, p 15
  • Anousim Communities in Colombia , p 16
  • The Lemba-Kulanu Connection, p 19
  • The Great Zimbabwe Synagogue , p 21
  • Confessions of a True Believer , p 22
  • Are There Lost Tribes in Cameroon? p 23
  • A Tribute to Daneel Schaechter , p 27
  • Thank You Donors, p 28
  • President’s Letter, p 30

Click here! to read full articles.

We think you'll enjoy this new issue! (Missed the last one? Read it now at www.kulanu.org/magazines).

KulanuNews is published two times a year, and unless otherwise requested, Kulanu mails hard copies of each issue to our supporters for a year.

This is one of the ways we keep you in the loop about how your contributions are put to work, and also to inform readers about isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world -- remarkable groups you might not learn about anywhere else.

If you would like to receive your own copy of future issues, please make a donation now at www.kulanu.org/donate. We look forward to hearing what you think of KulanuNews!

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Join "All of Us" in Recognizing Daneel Schaechter, Rising Young Star of the Jewish World

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Daneel Schaechter of New York, NY -
Kulanu's youngest board member,
our Regional Coordinator for Latin America,
and a 2015 Fulbright scholar
currently living and working in Brazil.

Kulanu is proud to announce our honoree for the 2015 Annual Tribute Journal. Daneel Schaechter is a remarkable young man, Kulanu's Latin America coordinator since 2011 and, thanks to his extraordinary accomplishments, the youngest member of our board of directors. A Kulanu volunteer since his senior year in high school, Daneel has worked innumerable hours as a passionate, resourceful, and effective advocate for Kulanu. His youthful energy and enthusiasm, as well as his knowledge and love of Judaism, have enabled him to meet and introduce Kulanu and the world to new Jewish communities throughout Latin America.

Please join us as we honor Daneel Schaechter, the vanguard of a new generation of Kulanu leaders. Once again we are creating a virtual on-line journal in which you can express your appreciation for Daneel's dedication and ingenuity. The journal will look like a booklet you would receive at an awards dinner, but the pages will be presented online instead (which will help save resources like paper). The journal will display contributors' messages, and photos of Daneel in his roles inside and outside Kulanu. By communicating your good wishes to Daneel, you will be helping to support Kulanu's work in Latin America and around the globe.

Click here to find out how YOU can be part of this year's online Tribute Journal honoring Daneel!

Go to www.kulanu.org/tribute to learn more about Daneel's many achievements and Kulanu's 2015 Tribute Journal, and click here to read our tips for engaging your networks in this great online fundraiser. Thank you for getting involved!

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Announcing the 2015 Kulanu-Lemba Speaking Tour!

Kulanu is delighted to announce the 2015 Kulanu-Lemba Speaking Tour! Modreck Maeresera, a talented young visionary from Harare and an impressive leader of the Lemba Jewish community of Zimbabwe, will be returning to the United States this fall to share the story of the Zimbabwe Lemba with "all of us"! The speaking tour will run from October 15 to November 23, 2015 in the U.S. and Canada.

Click here to learn more - and please share this announcement with your friends, family, and colleagues, thank you!

Audiences will learn about the fascinating history of the Lemba community and their current reconnection with worldwide Judaism. You may remember the news that DNA research showed the "Cohen" priestly gene among the Lemba, substantiating their oral history that they are descended from ancient Israel. After generations of practicing Judaism in secrecy, the Lemba are now reconnecting with the Jewish world.

Modreck Maeresera has taken a leadership role in this "Jewish renaissance" of his ancient community. He will provide an insider's view of the history and practice of the Lemba Jews -- their story of perseverance and commitment to Judaism over hundreds of years, as well as recent developments in the community.

Click here to find out what's involved in hosting Modreck Maeresera, and then click here to inquire about a Kulanu-Lemba event. Thank you for getting involved in this exciting tour!

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Kulanu is Accepting Nominations to the Board

Kulanu’s nominating committee invites you to recommend candidates for Kulanu’s board of directors. You are welcome to nominate yourself or someone you know. To make a nomination, please fill out this form. Our outgoing board members include Rabbi Stephen Leon, Judy Manelis (also our outgoing magazine editor), Marcy Stein, and Jack Zeller (Kulanu’s founder and President Emeritus). We thank them all for their extraordinary contributions to Kulanu and to the communities that we support.

Kulanu’s board is a working board of volunteers, with each board member carrying substantial responsibilities. Board meetings are held by telephone conference one Sunday per month from 8:30am to 10:30am Eastern (New York) Time. Involvement with Kulanu can be a very rewarding experience, as we support isolated, emerging, and returning Jewish communities around the world. Please click here to learn more about what's expected of Kulanu Board members.

Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity!

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Seeking Editor / Editorial Team for KulanuNews

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Many of you are familiar with the fantastic work that Judy Manelis has been producing with the Kulanu magazine, KulanuNews, since 2010. We are sad to see her step down from her role as magazine editor (the spring 2015 issue will be her last), but it is time to accept applications for our next Magazine Editor or Editorial Team. If you or someone you know has experience with nonprofit publications, we would love to hear from you!

The magazine editor (or editorial team) prepares two magazines per year, 24-28 pages each; Serge Etele from Cameroon will continue as layout and photography editor. The editor will write some articles her/himself, but often the articles are written by someone else (volunteers, scholars, community members, etc), and the editor's job is to make sure those stories are well-written, fascinating, and of course, accurate.

The editor's role will consist primarily of writing and editing, soliciting and selecting articles, communicating with Kulanu staff and authors, selecting photos from our archives or soliciting photos (e.g. from the author) to accompany the articles, and managing deadlines. We may invite the editor to join the Kulanu Board, or to occasionally participate in board meetings.

You can see our past newsletters and magazines since 1994 at kulanu.org/magazines. Please contact us to inquire about or apply for this volunteer position. Thank you so much!

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