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Sunday, March 6 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Finding Judaism in Kenya

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In 2008, Adam Hummel was a participant on a peacebuilding project to Kenya, a few months following that country's worst civil war. While, strangely enough, being shown how to pick tea in one of Kenya's numerous tea-fields, Adam was asked by a local girl: "Do you know what the parsha is this week?" Stunned, Adam began to ask questions and discovered a group of Kenyans who, once they had discovered Adam's faith, wanted to know everything they could about Judaism. That experience, coupled with the little known Zionist history found in Kenya, gave Adam the unique opportunity to explore his own Judaism and Jewish identity in a place where he least expected it. These experiences took place over four visits that Adam made to Kenya between 2008 and 2012, during which time he helped found the peacebuilding project "Youth Ambassadors for Peace." In his presentation, Adam will share these Jewish experiences, mixed with a little bit of Zionist history, in an effort to show how one's Judaism can both inspire, and be inspired, almost anywhere in the world.

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Adam Hummel

Adam Hummel is a lawyer and founder of Youth Ambassadors for Peace. YAP is a grassroots peace-building project and youth group based in the rural village of Matongo in Western Kenya. The project was born in the aftermath of Kenya’s 2008 post-election violence, and is designed to both empower and bring together youths affected by that civil conflict. In the last six years, those Kenyans involved with YAP have helped initiate ten high... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm