Uganda

Ugandan Jews Connect With Queens

D'vora Biderman shares her love for Abayudaya, Uganda’s Jewish community, with her synagogue in Jamaica Estates.

06/11/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

The kids of Young Israel of Jamaica Estates in Queens have found new friends in Abayudaya, Uganda’s Jewish community, thanks to a congregant who cares deeply for both.

Jamaica Estates native D’vora Biderman visited the collection of villages in Eastern Uganda upon graduating from NYU with a degree in dental hygiene to volunteer her services through the ADA Foundation’s Abayudaya Dental Expedition. She chose that particular program because it accommodated her observance of Shabbat and kashrut, and in her time there discovered a vibrant Jewish community complete with synagogues, Jewish schools and even a post-high school yeshiva for continued learning.

D'vora Biderman (second from right) with residents of Uganda's Abayudaya Jewish community. Courtesy of D'vora Biderman

Obama At Holocaust Museum Pledges To Stand By Israel, Fight Atrocities

04/22/2012 - 20:00

President Obama in an address at a Holocaust remembrance event said he would "always be there for Israel" and defended his administration's record on preventing atrocities.

Obama spoke Monday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a few days after Holocaust Remembrance Day. Prior to his address, he took a tour of the museum guided by Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust memoirist and Nobel Peace laureate.

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