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.