This video on followers of Judaism in Uganda is quick to point out that these people are not the Falasha, the Ethiopian Jews whose claim to Jewish ancestry has given them the opportunity to utilize the Law of Return. They have come to Judaism despite the lack of Jewish ancestry and have become fiercely drawn to Judaism and Israel.
Hat tip for this video: Daas Torah.
“Freshly-ordained Ugandan rabbi gets ball rolling on returning home”, an article last year in The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, spotlighted Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the African-born Chief Rabbi of Uganda who received ordination from an American rabbinical school, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and performed 250 Conservative conversions in Uganda in July 2008.
The JTA article, “Abayudaya Jews deliver relief to famine-plagued Ugandans” (8/2/09) offers a more recent look at the Ugandan community. And Kulanu (“All of Us” in Hebrew), founded in 1994, a non-profit organization which helps isolated Jewish communities around the world has coordinated with the Abayudayan community for a Fall 2009 Kulanu-Abayudayan Speaking Tour.