Shalom, everyone! The following is part one of a lecture given in 2009 by Ehav Ever about Jewish migrations into West Africa. This lecture provides an overview of the sources of Jewish migration into West Africa from the 13th to the 18th centuries. These communities include Sephardi Jews who migrated into Cape Verde, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and other West African territories. These Jews intermarried with the local populations, some of whom officially converted to Judaism, others did not. Some of these Sephardim were “crypto-Jews” who outwardly practiced the local religions while secretly practicing Judaism in their homes. Unfortunately, most of these communities were lost to forced conversion, assimilation, and being sold into slavery. Many of them became victims of the Trans-Atlantic African slave trade who were brought to the Americas. This may explain the strong interest in Judaism among African-American and Afro-Caribbean communities, and also the resurgence of Judaism in West African communities. Ehav Ever is an Israeli of Sephardic Jewish-Spanish, African American, Senegalese, and French ancestry.
The Chronicles of Ehav Ever
This is the second and final part of the vidoes on the migrations of Jews into West Africa. In order to understand this video watch my other two videos in order.
Israeli National Identity
Jewish Migrations into West Africa – Part 1
Episode 20: Jewish Migrations into West Africa – Part 2 – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)
Video from אהב עבר/YouTube