Hanukkah greeting from Uganda

 

Dear Friends and Supporters of KKSY Uganda,

We will soon be celebrating Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Light.

Jews will celebrate this magical time of the year all around the world. None more so than the Sephardi communities in Uganda. The community leaders and members wish you send you their heartfelt Hanukka greetings!

With your generosity and support, they certainly have something special to celebrate.

This year, apart from now having their own new little synagogue, they are happy to share the news that they have had a successful agriculture season with – special thanks to the participation of World Jewish Relief –watermelons, peppers, and onions in abundance.

In addition, we are pleased that so many of our students have finished their Senior 4 level education. Now, PVAO are focusing on determining, with your help, the best way to continue to support the Sephardi families of Uganda. The plan for 2020 is to provide good, private, elementary education for the younger children.

There is also a need to buy more land so that the community can expand their agriculture program.

Another focus is overseeing online religious instruction, as some of the members want to be given the opportunity to study Judaism in more depth.

We hope that, with your support, we will be able to build a mikweh for the community in their present location, as the Putti mikweh is too far removed for our members. There is a plot of land close by with an active spring that would be very suitable as a water source for the mikweh. The owner is willing to sell it to the community for $3,000. Naturally, the land can also be used for agriculture as well. I hope to visit the sight in a few months to have a better idea about the exact location and condition of this plot, but at this moment, unfortunately, we do not yet have a budget for this purpose.

In addition, some of you may have heard about the severe floods that have hit the Mbale area. The region of KKSY and its sister congregations (yes.. there are 2!) is seriously affected. Once again, World Jewish Relief and PVAO have teamed up and made money available to alleviate some of the hardship of the families that were hit the hardest. It goes without saying that we did differentiate between Jewish and non-Jewish families…

PVAO was able to contribute $500 toward this cause.

 

 

Only with your help can we accomplish what we are setting out to do.

We hope you will support our beautiful Ugandan community with your end-of-year contribution.

We kindly ask you to CLICK HERE to donate online, or by sending a check to:

PVAO
Attn. Sjimon den Hollander

21 East 22nd Street 12G

New York, NY 10010

Remember that we have a wonderful new KKSY calendar to buy online via our website. These calendars make great Hanukkah gifts!! Click the picture below to order.

All donations are used to fund KKSY programs. We do not spend any money on overhead or administration costs.

Thank you again for being part of our Team and for helping us support the KKSY Community.