JGS of Illinois meeting: Sunday, April 28, 2013: The Lemba Jewish Community of Zimbabwe #general
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Subject: JGS of Illinois meeting: Sunday, April 28, 2013: The Lemba
Jewish Community of Zimbabwe
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster Street
Topic: The Lemba Jewish Community of Zimbabwe
The Lemba Jewish Community of Zimbabwe will be the topic of a DVD to be
shown at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois meeting in Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St.,
The recording was made of a live webcast that occurred earlier in the
year at Temple Sholom in Chicago >from the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
The webcast featured Modreck Zvakavapano Maeresera of Harare, Zimbabwe,
who provided an insider's perspective on the historic Lemba community's
traditions and Jewish practices.
In the last ten years, advanced DNA research has identified the priestly
Cohen haplotype gene in more than half of all males in the Buba clan,
which, in Lemba oral tradition, had a leadership role in bringing the
Lemba out of Israel through Yemen into Africa.
The Lemba Jews of Zimbabwe currently number about 150,000 in a country
of 14 million people. They live among and look like the predominant local
Shona tribe in southern Zimbabwe, and speak the Shona language.
The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth Israel will open at 12:30 p.m.
to accommodate members/guests who want to use or borrow genealogy library
materials, get help with genealogy websites on the Internet, or ask
genealogical questions before the main program begins.
For more information, visit http://jgsi.org/ or phone (312) 666-0100.