PVAO Came To The Rescue!

The KKSY community were devastated when just before Shavout, their simple little synagogue collapsed following extremely strong winds and heavy rain. PVAO came to the rescue!
Within a matter of days, funds were raised and people were brainstorming what to do.
Rabbi Sjimon den Hollander, the PVAO Chairman, together with Joel Beattie one of the PVAO members, came up with a solution.
 They drew up plans and asked local builders to suggest ways of rebuilding a structure would would stand for a least the next five years. One important change would be that the new building would be supported this time, by metal poles instead of wooden ones, which the termites eat their way thru.
Funds were raised from PVAO members themselves, as well as from within KKSY community. Others who heard thru social media of the need to rebuild a place to pray, as soon as possible, and were generous and happy to donate towards.
Currently, the new secure structure, which took about three weeks to build, is almost finished….well in time for Rosh Hashanah.
All we need now is a solar panel, any offers greatly accepted! and to find some additional funding to buy suitable chairs. The building will also double up as a library, a meeting place and a classroom.
Over the next few years, PVAO have plans to build a permanent Sephardi synagogue close to where the KKSY members live. Plans are now being drawn up and costings worked out.

 

 Check out the video of the construction of the new temporary Synagogue:

Ugandan Jews Celebrating the 71st anniversary of the State of Israel

Last week, the Prime Minister of Uganda, Ruhakana Rugunda, hosted a wonderful event in the capital city of Kampala, in order to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the State of Israel.

Two founder members of the KKSY-Putti Jewish Community were invited to attend.
Tarphon Kamya together with Erisha Ziraba, the KKSY Spiritual Leader, travelled the 8 hour road journey to Kampala so they could attend the party.

Tarphon said “I am was honoured and delighted to have been invited and to know that finally the KKSY community are being accepted as the orthodox voice of Judaism in Uganda.
it’s taken a while for us to get here but we’ve made it, we have been acknowledged“.

Tarphon and Erisha were proud to hold up the Israeli flag and wear their kippot (head covering) in public, they felt safe and protected by the general Ugandan population.

Other Abayudaya (Jews of Uganda), headed by Rabbi Gershom who represents Liberal Judaism, were also invited to participate in the happy celebrations.

All the Jews who stayed for dinner, were given kosher food, brought in from Israel.

It seems that Uganda has made it government policy to accept the State of Israel and to include the Jews of Uganda in their future plans.

Tarphon and Erisha will never forget the wonderful hospitality offered to them and look forward to many more official celebrations to come.

Good News For Our U.K. Donors

As of this week, for the first time, residents of United Kingdom who wish to donate to our charity puttivillag.org, can now claim Tax Relief on their donations providing they donate via Achisomoch 

 

U.K. donors need to set up an account with Achisomoch so they can then deposit money into it. Once the funds are deposited, they can start to donate to any of the many charities set up with them, of course including ours, Putti Village Assistance Organization.

 

Donating via the Achisomoch route, is suggested to people who are considering larger sums, or, giving on a regular basis.
Smaller donors may still prefer to donate on our own website via Pay Pay or contact Ros Eisen PVAO secretary, for alternatives..

 

No matter which way you donate, all of the money Putti Village Assistance Org receives will go to the KKSY Putti Community.
Thank you for your continued support!