Yemen, which is consistent with the Lemba narrative that traces their route from Judea to the vanished city of Sana’a, in ancient Yemen, before crossing the straits to the east coast of Africa. Much like the Ethiopians, the Lemba have a fascinating oral tradition, claiming
to have brought the Ark of the Covenant out of Israel with them. Te Lemba’s oral tradition involves a historical ritual object called the ngoma lungundu. Te ngoma in Lemba tradition was used to store sacred objects and was carried on poles inserted through metal rings, as it was too holy to touch the ground. Priests were the only ones allowed to touch the ngoma, and it emitted the “Fire of God” that killed enemies. According to oral history, it came from the Temple in Jerusalem and was carried with the Lemba to Africa. Lemba legend asserts that the original ngoma was destroyed approximately 400 years ago and had to be reconstructed. A splinter of that ark was carbon dated to 1350 A.D. by University of London scholar Tudor Parfitt. Troughout their history, the Lemba have lived a somewhat isolated existence;
perceived as different, scorned and persecuted by other black Africans. Tey have refused to intermarry or eat with non-Lembas, which has likely added to the strained relations. While their Israelite heritage and customs alienated them from their fellow black Africans, they were also not accepted by South African white Jews, as their claim was not authenticated until recent years. Mezmur ZeMichael, Africa Director for Jewish Voice, traveled to Zimbabwe in
early 2011 to meet with the elders of the Lemba tribe. During his trip, Mezmur made a number of exciting discoveries regarding their heritage, and received an urgent request for help from this Jewish community. Tere are tens of thousands among the Lemba tribe who endure relentless poverty
in this remote area of Zimbabwe. Like the Jews of Ethiopia, the Lemba are in desperate need of exactly the kind of medical care we can provide. What a joy to be able to say, “Yes, we can help!” As Yeshua’s Hand extended, together we will take the love of God in Messiah to this Lost Tribe of Israel in 2012!
NEW! Zimbabwe - Lemba Tribe May 25 - June 4, 2012
Full Package (including international airfare and all in-country costs): $3,250
Land Package (in-country costs only): $1450
to register for the trip.
Jewish Voice Connections February 2012 Zimbabwe
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