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Rabbi Returns to Nigeria for 3-Week Mission.........posted Feb 13, 2006
Accompanied by four tons of Jewish prayer books and
texts on Jewish history and culture, Rabbi Howard Gorin is
making a return visit to Nigeria to meet with Jews living in
various parts of the west African nation.
The rabbi leaves on Feb. 7 for his three-week
education and training mission.
He isn't exactly traveling with the substantial cargo
of books, computers and other household products and sporting
goods amassed over the past couple of months by congregants
at TI. A cargo container, suitable for transport on an ocean
liner, was packed with all the donations just a couple of
days before the rabbi's departure so the shipment isn't
expected to arrive until sometime after the rabbi has
returned to the United States. He will make arrangements with
Jewish leaders in Nigeria for the distribution of the
resources across the country.
Rabbi Gorin's itinerary includes these appointments:
- visiting with a young man (approximately 35 years
old) in Warri, located in Nigeria's Delta State, who is the
director of informational technology for the confederation
that the rabbi is working with. The rabbi will discuss with
him how best to deploy the donated computers to further the
study of Judaism.
- visiting with an elderly man in one of the Igbo
states who is in the process of completing his return to
Judaism. While he currently is messianic, this is the
Nigerian citizen whom the rabbi quotes on his personal
website (rabbihowardgorin.org/books4nigeria.htm). "He is the
leader of a large community; it will be a coup to bring him
aboard," says Rabbi Gorin, who intends to present him with a
Jewish Publication Society tanakh.
- visiting with the imam and the pastor who visited
TI in March 2004 when they were in Washington, D.C., to
receive an award from Search for Common Ground. The rabbi
intends to present them with two miniature Torahs bearing the
phrase, "Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths
are peace." The imam has scheduled Rabbi Gorin for visits
with other imams in the northern part of the country who have
never met a Jew.
- presenting a speech at Imo State University, which
will receive a Judaica collection for its library. The rabbi
will meet teachers and students at the university.
- spending Shabbats in a community outside of Abuja,
in Okigwe in Imo state and in Port Harcourt in Rivers state.
The rabbi says some of his itinerary remains a bit
unsettled. "There is internal disagreement (in Nigeria) as to
how I should allocate my time -- in 'state visits' or in
visiting the various communities to encourage and teach.
There will be a balance of both."
Unlike his earlier trips to Nigeria and Uganda, this
is an independent trip without any formal connections to any
organization or group. The rabbi will be accompanied through
his travels by a young man from California who will document
the trip on film.