I graduated from Rutgers University in May 2013 with a degree in Communication. I have been on a wild Jewish journey with many ups and downs that ultimately brought me to Israel last year to staff a high school semester-long program called Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim. While I was in Israel, I was offered the opportunity to continue my journey in Zimbabwe, teaching in a community in Harare called the Lemba.
The Lemba are descended from Jews and came here around 2,000 years ago. Due to persecution by various religious groups, they have been cut off from the rest of Jewish society. They are now working incredibly hard to reconnect to their own roots and to the rest of the Jewish community around the world. I am here, in Harare, from October until March teaching Jewish studies, liturgy, Israeli history, music, and Hebrew, as well as learning myself about a community of Jews I, among many others, never knew existed.
For more information about the Lemba, go to http://kulanu.org/lemba/