Call of Rabat for the Preservation of the African Jewish Heritage

‘Africa is the Frontier of the Long term,’ claims Malcolm Hoenlein at the 2nd Jewish Africa Conference

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Jun 19, 2022 10:00 EDT

Leaders symbolizing six African nations around the world with major Jewish heritage signed the Simply call of Rabat, an urgent charm to progress cooperation across the continent, at the 2nd Jewish Africa Convention structured by the Mimouna Affiliation and the American Sephardi Federation at the Plan Heart for the New South.

“I am content to announce from Rabat, the 2022 Cash of African Tradition, that a contact is likely out on this working day to Africa and all the planet to preserve African Jewish heritage,” stated El Mehdi Boudra, Founder and President of Mimouna Affiliation, a Moroccan NGO.

The Call of Rabat was signed by African and global Jewish leaders as nicely as buddies of the Jewish individuals in Africa: Malcolm Hoenlein (Vice Chair, Convention of Presidents of Major American Jewish Corporations), HE Jorge Santos (Minister of Cabo Verdean Communities), HE René Trabelsi (Former Minister of Tourism, Tunisia), HE Serge Berdugo (Secretary Common, Council of Moroccan Jewish Communities), Shaun Zagnoev (President, South African Jewish Board of Deputies), Magda Haroun (President, Egypt’s Jewish Neighborhood), Professor Ephraim Isaac (Founder, Ethiopia’s Peace & Growth Heart), Elmehdi Boudra, and Jason Guberman (Government Director, American Sephardi Federation). 

Africa “is the richest continent by its variety and values and we are very pleased to be Africans. As an African land, Morocco believes in Africa, advocates in its favor, and features assist for preserving its diversity,” said Boudra. 

The second Jewish Africa Convention introduced collectively 51 government officials (including Moroccan Royal Advisor André Azoulay), entrepreneurs, scholars, diplomats, rabbis, and neighborhood leaders from 22 nations around the world. 

“In the course of heritage, Africa has been a position of refuge and rebirth for the Jewish persons. … The Sephardi astronomers and artists, vacationers and traders, publishers and philosophers who pioneered present day cosmopolitan environment had been routinely from or identified in Africa,” reported Guberman.

“We understand the importance of the Jewish heritage that exists in our country, Cape Verde, at every single level. … I actually hope this Meeting will get rid of light-weight and … endorse unity, solidarity, and cooperation in the entire world,” mentioned Cape Verdean Minister Santos.

“As a Jewish Namibian businesswoman, I am drastically inspired by this action to convey the preservation of an generally-disregarded factor of Africa’s heritage to the earth stage,” mentioned Andrea Berry, Strategic Director of the Pupkewitz Group, a recipient of the “Moses, the African Jewish Leadership Award.” 

“Africa is the frontier of the long term,” reported Hoenlein, who also obtained the Moses Award. “For [Africa] to be successful, it should be firmly rooted in its previous, in its record and reality … Jews appear again not to get shed in background but to find out its lessons.”

The other award recipients ended up HE Ambassador Belaynesh Zavadia (Israel’s 1st Ethiopian-Israeli Ambassador), HE Minister Santos, HE Previous Minister Trebelsi, and SAJBD’s President Zagnoev. 

“I was most amazed by the excellent and devotion of the leadership of all the Jewish communities and their willingness to engage. Secondly, it was gratifying to see that world wide Jewish leaders graced this party with their existence and contributed with important worldwide views. Thirdly, it commenced making a perception of prevalent objective among the the African Jewish communities and a system for future collaboration,” mentioned Zagnoev, chief of Africa’s major Jewish community.

HE Ambassador Adama Dieng (then-Unique Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-Standard on the Avoidance of Genocide) shipped closing remarks at the 1st Jewish Africa Conference at NYC’s Heart for Jewish Historical past in 2019.

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