Wisconsin Rabbi to Aid in Ugandans’ Conversion

July 5, 2008

Author: Tom Heinen

Source: Journal-Sentinel


Villagers in eastern Uganda who adopted Jewish beliefs and rituals on their own nearly a century ago will continue their faith journey next week with help from a Milwaukee-area rabbi.

Rabbi Jacob Herber, president of the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, will leave for Uganda on Sunday to attend the installation of the first black rabbi in sub-Saharan Africa and to assist in the formal conversion to Judaism of at least 200 Abayudaya men, women and children who already live and pray as Jews.

Other Conservative rabbis formally converted about 300 or more people in 2002. Herber is one of eight United States rabbis who will be there for the latest conversions on Wednesday.