Presented By: Deborah Bat Habakkuk
The Rabbi of Temple Emmanuel – Rabbi Wayne Franklin
The Ima of Temple Emmanuel – Mrs. Anne Franklin
Our own very good friend – Professor William Miles
The Rosh of Synagogues here present
Members of our synagogue in Abuja, as well as representatives from other synagogues in other parts of Nigeria.
Other distinguished guests
And all the children in our midst.
You’re all Welcomed to Tikvat Israel Synagogue Abuja
|Prof. Miles, Rabbi Wayne, Mrs. Franklin, Jator, Father Thomas|
The history of Judaism in Nigeria dates back to many years ago – and we here at Tikvat Israel Synagogue Abuja have continued to play our part in ensuring the sustenance of this faith. Today Judaism has spread so quickly across the south eastern, south southern and south western regions around the country. We have Jews in Anambra state and Delta state, Enugu as well as in Ebonyi State, and also a good number of them in Rivers State, and in Lagos. There are also emerging Jewish communities in Akwaibom State and in other remote locations. But although we do not specifically know the exact population- one can tell from the brit milas and bar/bart mitzvahs witnessed across the country- as an indication that we are indeed growing in number.
|Rabbi Wayne, Professor Miles and Abuja Youths|
Today, Kulanu is leading the mission of discovering remote, emerging and existing Jewish synagogues – with the primary objective aimed at fostering strength and unity. The members of Tikvat Israel Synagogue Abuja are grateful to the management of Kulanu for the massive support so far. And as we gather here today for the opening ceremony of the synagogue Guest House – the Nigerian Jews are absolutely grateful for the financial support of Rabbi Wayne Franklin as well as that of the loving members of Temple Emmanuel synagogue in Rhode Island, United States. This 5-unit guest house was started in 2013 by Sar Habakkuk but was temporarily abandoned due to lack of capital and the need to focus on more pressing needs that included the erection of the new synagogue building. But nevertheless, Hashem came to our rescue through Rabbi Wayne Franklin – by giving the synagogue a new colorful look in this 2018 as a result of the completed new guest house.
|Deborah Bat Habakkuk & Professor William Miles|
Let me use this opportunity to mention a few names that have played a significant role in the past towards strengthening Judaism in Nigeria. The likes of Rabbi Howard Gorin, Harriet Bograd, David Tobis, Professor William Miles, Daniel Limor, Jeffery Davidson, Rabbi Dolinger, Daniel Okolie, Lucy Stenitz, Judy Manelis, Remy Illona, Late Emma Shabbat, Late Sir Luke, Late Elder Ashar of Meir Elohim Synagogue, Ben Shane Tov, Amy Chukwuma, Dr. Israel Abido, Ephrahim Uba and others who I cannot mention in this speech due to time factor. We are forever grateful for the encouragement and massive support, which are no doubt immeasurable. May the Holy One of Israel (Blessed is He) reward you all exceedingly more than your efforts and contributions.
|Rabbi Wayne, Mrs. Franklin, Baruch, Issac Ben Abraham|
Remain seated, eat, drink, dance, enjoy, and do have a memorable occasion!