Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
Rabbi Gershom Sizomu is a fellow at the Institute for Jewish & Community Research.
He is the spiritual leader of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda and the grandson of community elder, “Rabbi” Samson. He lives near the Moses Synagogue which he and others from the community’s early 1980s “Kibbutz movement” built with their own hands. He was youth leader of the Abayudaya community from 1988 to 1998. He was headmaster of the community’s high school, where he taught history, economics, Hebrew and Judaism. Mr. Sizomu speaks Hebrew, leads the community’s religious observances, and is the Abayudaya’s mohel. He plays guitar and writes music for the community with his brother, J.J. Keki.
After graduating high school, Sizomu earned a degree in education, history and economics at college in Uganda. He returned to Nabugoye Hill and established the Semei Kakungulu high school. Now, having handed the spiritual reins over to one of his brothers,Gershom, his wife, Tziporah, and their two children, Igaal and Dafne, are currently in Israel as part of a rabbinic program that he started two and ahalf years ago in Los Angeles. Sizomu will spend the next three years out of his community, one year in Jerusalem and two years in Los Angeles.