PICTURES: Nigeria’s Igbo

PICTURES: Nigeria’s Igbo

Gadi Bentley, Shavei Israel’s emissary to the Igbo, a possible “lost” Jewish tribe in Nigeria, recently returned from his mission with some fascinating stories and even more intriguing pictures. Here are a few that he sent to us.

An estimated 3,000 Igbo identify as Jewish and practice a modern form of Judaism, complete with synagogues (there are 26 in the country), Torah scrolls, kashrut (keeping the kosher laws), the wearing of Tefillin (phylacteries) and tallit (prayer shawls), and circumcision. We’ve written about the Igbo here and here.

Taking Gadi’s place in Nigeria were Noga Kohl and Michal Elroy, who recently completed their service in the Israel Defense Forces. Noga was joined by her husband, as well. They’re all back in Israel now. Here is a of picture of the two women with their Igbo hosts at the start of their three-month trip.




Brian Blum