Below her command, the group, whose Hebrew title means “all of us,” raised funds to construct synagogues in Uganda and Zimbabwe; a Jewish-themed major college in Uganda that’s open to Christians and Muslims; and a mikvah — a ritual tub — in Tanzania. With a price range of round $500,000, Kulanu has additionally supplied rabbinical coaching and superior lessons in Judaism at American seminaries for neighborhood leaders and distributed prayer books, Torah scrolls, prayer shawls and different ritual gadgets.
Kulanu’s work has not been with out controversy. Whereas Jews in Ethiopia have been acknowledged by the Orthodox authorities in Israel as authentically Jewish, these in different components of Africa haven’t been. Efforts by Conservative rabbis to formally convert some Africans to Judaism have encountered challenges as a result of the Orthodox institution in Israel doesn’t acknowledge the legitimacy of Conservative rabbis. Bonita Nathan Sussman, Kulanu’s new president, mentioned that many Africans additionally reject conversion, arguing, “Who’re you to inform me I’m not Jewish?”
Then again, Ms. Levine mentioned, Ms. Bograd “met them on the stage the place they’re.”
She was energetic in Jewish causes in New York as properly. Within the early Eighties, she and different mother and father partnered with educators to discovered the Heschel Faculty, a Jewish day college in Manhattan that now enrolls a few thousand college students. And on the West Finish Synagogue, a Reconstructionist congregation, she was recognized for the nice and cozy means she greeted newcomers, an act congregants affectionately referred to as “Bograding.”
Harriet Mary Bograd was born on April 6, 1943, in Paterson, N.J., right into a Conservative Jewish dwelling. Her father, Samuel Bograd, owned an upscale furnishings emporium with an uncle. Her mom, Pauline (Klemes) Bograd, generally helped him together with his enterprise and was a pacesetter in an area chapter of Deliberate Parenthood.
Harriet attended a particular highschool operated by Montclair State Lecturers Faculty (now Montclair State College) and graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1963 with a level in political science. The summer season she graduated, she organized for a gaggle of 9 white Bryn Mawr college students to show at Livingstone Faculty, a traditionally Black school in Salisbury, N.C., so they might take up the influence of the rising civil rights motion.