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The Jews of Africa

Though fewer than two percent of the world’s 13.75 million Jews live in Africa, some Jewish communities there are among the oldest in the world, originating more than 2,700 years ago. Explore what it means to be an African Jew, the group’s influence and contributions to this part of the world, and the future of Judaism throughout the continent.

Presenter: Joel Okafor
Roosevelt University
Adjunct Instructor of History and African/African-American Studies

Joel Okafor received both his bachelor and master of arts degrees in political science from the University of Windsor. He taught at his alma mater and Columbia College in Chicago, and served as a medic in the Biafran army during the Nigerian Civil War.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Historical and Policy Studies and Jewish Studies, with a generous grant from Oakton’s Educational Foundation.

For information, contact Wendy Maier-Sarti, professor of history and coordinator of Jewish Studies, at 847.635.1458 or

Event Details

Thursday, February 28, 11:00 a.m.

Room P103, Skokie

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