Jewish Africa:

A Photographic Journey

Thursday, May 20

USA 1:30 pm PT / 4:30 pm ET

UK 9:30 pm / France 10:30 pm / Israel 11:30 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

Since antiquity the Jewish people have had a presence in Africa, making some of its communities among the oldest in the world. In August 2012 and over the next 4 years, Jono David set out on a photographic journey across the continent with the aim to document the life, culture, and history of the Jewish people from one end of Africa to the other.

This interactive presentation delineates some of that work while taking viewers on a virtual journey through a photographic project that took me to 30 countries. The presentation will spotlight the emerging Black Jewish groups in Uganda, Cameroon, and Ghana as well as the historical Orthodox community of Djerba (Tunisia) and Chabad-Lubavitch of Central Africa in Kinshasa, (Democratic Republic of Congo).

About Jono

Jono David is an American-British independent photographer who, since the 1990s, has traveled the globe to amass what is perhaps the most extensive archive of contemporary images of Jewish heritage and heritage sites in the world - a growing compendium of more than 120,000 photographs from 116 countries and territories.

Jono is based in Tokyo where he lectures in English at several universities. His online Jewish photo archive is For his other photographic pursuits, visit his online portfolio: His book, The Jews of Africa: Lost Tribes, Found Communities, Emerging Faiths, is available now and can be previewed here:

This event is live and interactive and spots are limited.

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With your contribution you will also be donating to Diarna (דיארנא ديارنا "Our homes" in Judeo-Arabic), the Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life working to digitally preserve the physical remnants of Jewish history throughout the region.

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