24 Jan New Torah Center in Columbia Welcomes All Jews
A new kollel in Cali, Colombia, invites local Jews to participate in daily Torah studies
In the city of Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca region of Colombia, the small Jewish community now has their own Kollel (house of Torah study). This Kollel provides a space for those wishing to embrace their Jewish heritage and approach the light of Torah and the commandments. Bet Abraham, as it is called, opens its doors on February 14th (29th of Shevat) and invites all local Jews to participate in daily studies from Monday to Friday.
The city plays host to a community of Jews who are descendants of the forced Jewish converts of the Spanish Inquisition, also known as the “Bnei Anousim” or “Sons of Refugees.” They call their community “Maguen Abraham” or “Guardian of Abraham.”
In addition to this wonderful effort to learn and grow as a community, there is another reason to celebrate. Recently, they received their second Torah scroll as well as a brand new sefer Haftarot – the book of Haftaroth (part of the public Torah readings in synagogue) for Shabbat, festivals and fast days. It became possible thanks to the accomplishment of Rabbi Shimon Yehoshua, Shavei Israel’s emissary in Colombia, and the collaboration of Asher Abarbanel who serves as the religious director of the community.
Previously we shared with you an incredible report about the ceremony of reception of the community’s first Torah scroll. Today we are excited to add several new pictures received from Cali to the collection.