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The Jews of Africa:

Lost Tribes. Found Communities. Emerging Faiths.

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Publication date: April 1, 2021

*** A peek inside the wonderful world of The Jews of Africa, a book by photographer Jono David. ***

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THE JEWS OF AFRICA: LOST TRIBES, FOUND COMMUNITIES, EMERGING FAITHS is a veritable journey into the Jewish communities across the length and breadth of the continent. The book features 230 visually stunning and thematically intriguing images by photographer Jono David. THE JEWS OF AFRICA explores and examines the Jewish history of Africa in 14 essays by some of the biggest Jewish Africa scholars, rabbis, and esteemed members of African society.


In August 2012, independent photographer, Jono David, set out on an audacious Jewish African journey. His aim was to document the life, culture, and history of the Jewish people from one end of the continent to the other. Over the next 4 years, he would take 8 unique trips totaling some 60 weeks of travel to 30 countries and territories. His adventures led him from the continent's largest communities strewn across Southern Africa to ancient yet vibrant communities in Morocco and Tunisia to emerging Jewish groups in unexpected places like Uganda, Gabon, and Madagascar. It is the largest Jewish Africa photographic survey of its kind. In words and images, THE JEWS OF AFRICA brings the entire journey to life and aims to answer one central question: Who are the Jews of Africa? The answer is as complex and rich as the communities themselves particularly as the phenomenon of the emergence of Jewish communities is gaining rapid and wide traction, notably in West and Central Africa.


BONUS: Purchasers of THE JEWS OF AFRICA gain exclusive access to four bonus photo web galleries featuring some 300+ additional remastered images (500+ photos in all). Moreover, the photographs are available at a special discounted rate reserved for purchasers of the book. See HOW TO ACCESS.


- Dr. Tudor Parfitt, D.Phil., is a historian, writer, and broadcaster. He is Distinguished University Professor, President Isaac Navon Professor of Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies at the Florida International University (FIU), and Director of its Center of Global Jewish Communities. 

- Dr. Shalva Weil, DPhil., is Senior Researcher at the Seymour Fox School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

- Tali Nates is the founder and director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (South Africa).

- Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila is the Head Emissary of the Lubavitch Rebbe for Central Africa (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo).

- Dr. Edith Bruder, Ph.D., is an anthropologist who specializes in the study of African Judaism and religious diasporas, new religious movements, and marginal religious societies.

- Dr. Samuel Cohen, Ph.D. is the sole remaining permanent member of the Asmara, Eritrea Jewish Community.

- Dr. Vanessa Paloma Elbaz, Ph.D., is a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, UK, and the founder and director of KHOYA: Jewish Morocco Sound Archive.

- Zvi Gorelick is Honorary Life President and religious leader of the Windhoek Hebrew Congregation (Namibia).

- Dr. Magdel Le Roux, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of South Africa (Unisa) who specializes in the Old Testament and Africa; and the Lemba.

- Zhor Rehihil is the chief curator of the Museum of Moroccan Judaism (Casablanca).

- Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft is the CEO & Spiritual Leader of the African Jewish Congress (AJC) (South Africa).

- Dr. Remy Ilona, Ph.D., is a researcher, historian, and ethnographer specializing in the Igbo, an ethnic group from southeastern Nigeria, of which he is a member.

- Rabbi Gershom Sizomu is the first Chief Rabbi of Uganda. He is also a member of the Ugandan Parliament.

- Moché Uzan is a member and leader of the Jewish Community of Tunis, Tunisia. 

- Pauline Jakobsberg is an expert printmaker who has perfected her craft over four decades.



  • exclusive viewing access for book purchasers

  • all book photographs (approx. 230)

  • 300+ additional images not in the book

  • all photographs beautifully remastered

  • extended photo anecdotes not in the book

  • special photo rates for book purchasers


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  • 230 Jewish Africa photographs

  • 14 essays by contributing scholars, rabbis, and esteemed members of African society

  • a virtual journey to historical, contemporary, and emerging Jewish African communities

  • access key to exclusive bonus galleries

  • special photo rates for book purchasers

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