25.07.2012 06.Aw. 5772
They once called themselves Hebrew Israelites exclusively to distinguish themselves from Jews of European extraction. Now, African-American Jews readily count themselves among the Jewish people without qualification.
The ordination took place on a sun-drenched Sabbath, in a synagogue used many decades ago by Lithuanian Jews. But on June 23, it was 200 mostly black worshippers, many in brightly colored African dress, who were on their feet, eyes fixed on a procession of eight white-robed rabbis with ceremonial miters crowning their heads as they strode, single file, down the aisle separating the men’s and women’s seating….