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The Jewish Renaissance of Zimbabwe’s Ancient Lemba Community

  • West End Synagogue 190 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10023 United States (map)

Presented at West End Synagogue

Congregation Shaare Zedek cosponsors this evening of learning at West End Synagogue, together with Congregation Beit Simchat Torah and Faith in New York. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Modreck Maeresera, leader of the Lemba community’s “re-emergence” into and reconnection with the larger Jewish world, will provide an insider’s view of the history and practice of the Lemba Jews. Join us to learn about their story of perseverance and commitment to Judaism over hundreds of years, and about recent developments in the community.

Modreck Maeresera has shown an active interest in Judaism since he was a teenager, taking on the role of shochet (ritual slaughterer) for his school. As president of the newly established Harare Lemba Synagogue, he leads Shabbat services and promotes Jewish education. He has added Shona, the main language in Zimbabwe, to the Shabbat prayerbook and has compiled a Lemba Haggadah that includes the Lemba story as well as the traditional Passover story.

With a diploma in journalism and media studies, Modreck serves as a recruitment and screening officer for Malaysia’s Legenda University. He and his wife Brenda have two sons, Aviv and Shlomo. 

The talk will be followed by light refreshments.