Where in the world is Shavei Israel’s emissary?
Rabbi Shimon Yehoshua, Shavei Israel’s emissary in Colombia where he works with some 11 local communities of Bnei Anousim, recently accepted the invitation of another Jewish community in neighbouring Ecuador to visit and assist them with preparation for their formal conversion to Judaism.
Ecuador has several Bnei Anousim communities. Rabbi Yehoshua started to educate the one of the city of Ambato that numbers some 40 people. In future he plans to visit Guayaquil as well, with about 50 people of Bnei Anousim population.
The program of studies includes Hebrew and Jewish studies, as well as some holidays and Shabbatons. Some of Rabbi Yehoshua’s new students know him from their previous visits to Colombia. He shared a video and short photo presentation with the highlights of his journey.
The pictures below were taken during Rabbi Yehoshua’s recent visits to Colombian communities of Cartagena and Barranquilla.