Past Events

The Jews of Uganda

May 29th, 2019

At the Chai Cancer Care premises in Hendon, North West London. Ros Eisen, London based secretary of PVAO, spoke to clients of this wonderful care centre, she  addressed cancer patients, their families and friends.

January 31st

Ros Eisen spoke on “The Jews of Uganda” in London, England.  The venue was the SAFIRE Group at Stanmore & Canons Park synagogue. Approx. 80 guests arrived and listened mostl attentively. She received great feed-back and some donations as well! Read the blog for more information: Click Here.

A Visit From A KKSY Board Member

In October 2018, board member Joel Beattie and his son visited the village for 4 days.

“I felt like our visit was extremely successful to be able to have a KKSY board member visit the community. If you have not visited the community, I strongly recommend that you find a way to do so.  Everyone that I met was extremely positive and upbeat.  I’m hoping to make a return visit in 2020.” Read the blog for more information: Click Here.


A Visit from Israel

In October 2018, rabbi Shimshon Nadel visited KKSY from Israel for 3 days. Read the blog for more information: Click Here.




A Visit to Putti

Ekaterina Mitiaev, Head of Impact and Livelihoods for, World Jewish Relief (Wjr), a UK based charity, accompanied Sjimon and Ros Eisen on a visit to the Putti/KKSY Jewish Community in July 2017. Summing up the visit, Ros Eisen said ‘it was an outstanding, simply amazing, visit’, so much was achieved in just a few  short days. Ekaterina held a one day workshop regarding agriculture and the ongoing realistic future for the KKSY Community. Sjimon and Ros very much enjoyed meeting the students at the Joy school and subsequently receiving regular communications from them. PVAO are so happy to work closely with the Putti Women’s Group (PWG), now they too have a ‘voice’ in the Community’s affairs. Sjimon whilst in Putti  presided over the Shabbat Services. He gave a talk on Judaism followed by  questions and answers, put to him by the Congregation. Those who attended this Service were treated to a wonderful lunch afterwards, where the conversation, about Judaism in particular, continued long into the afternoon. Sjimon and Suzanne also participated in the Tisha B’Av (the saddest day on the Jewish calendar) evening Service held in the small KKSY synagogue.

The following day was a fast day and sadly, the day PVAO headed back home.
A return visit is planned for next year.


World Jewish Relief Visit’s Putti

World Jewish Relief Agriculture ProjectIn January 2017, the WJR, a charity out of the UK, set up and started funding an agriculture project to help the people of Putti. Early April 2017 they visited Putti in order to see how much progress has been made on the project.

Over the last five or so years, due to the relationship between Ros Eisen, the PVAO London based Member of the charity and World Jewish Relief, Wjr took the major decision to actually work on a Project with Putti/KKSY, rather than just stepping in with emergency support. PVAO are hoping that Wjr will continue to support Putti for years to comeThe aim of both PVAO and Wjr is that this Orthodox Jewish Community, located near the big town of Mbale in Uganda, will eventually become self sufficient.


Raising Money For Putti

A Fundraising Event for Putti VillageIn May of 2016, a fundraising event was held in the Levi Auditorium of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York City, with the goal to raise funds for the people of Putti Village. Hosted by the Shearith Israel League, this interesting and festive evening hosted two members of the African Jewish community called Kahal Kadosh She’erit Yisra’el. In all, this amazing night was able to raise a very much needed $1,200 for the people of Putti to help with their educational and medical expenses. 


Mike Cohen quartet performs the music of Putti


December 15 Come hear the music of Putti performed by an all star band, theMike Cohen Quartet. Playing music from Putti’s first CD “When I Wake up – Music from Putti” as well as music from the soon to be released 2nd CD.

Saturday, December 15, 2012 – 7:30 PM
at Smokey Joe’s BBQ
494 Cedar Lane Teaneck, NJ 07666

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Dr. Lieberman Speaking in Plano Texas

Dr. Isador Lieberman will be speaking at Anshai Torah, Hazak Auxiliary Chapter, onSunday May 20th 2012 at 10 AM. Dr. Lieberman is a board member of PVAO and has been visiting Uganda as part of a medical mission for many years. He will be returning to Uganda this summer.

The event will be hosted at West Parker Road, Plano Texas, 75093


Presentation to Young Leadership at Albany NY Federation

David Epstein, founder of PVAO, will be speaking to the young leadership of the Albany NY (USA) Federation in May of 2012.

Limmud Winnipeg – Putti Village A Story of Perseverance, Music, and Love

limudDavid Epstein, founder and executive director for PVAO was invited to come speak at the Limmud learning conference in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada in February 2012. David spoke three times during the conference, and also presented at a synagogue in Winnipeg, as well as to some of the local secondary and university students on separate occasions. Several participants from the presentations have become activists in the ensuing months.

Benefit Concert in NYC featuring the Breslov Bar Band


On January 3rd 2012 the Breslov Bar Band hosted a benefit concert for PVAO in NYC that raised over $2,000. This money was used towards the recording and production of the upcoming second CD of Putti’s folk music.

From melancholy midnight meditations to funky/punky affirmations, the Breslov Bar Band explores musical expressions of the Breslov Chassidim from the traditional to the contemporary.

Blending Klezmer/Hassidic music with Middle-Eastern, Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Punk, and other musical styles in an organic manner, the band puts on a high-energy show that is both visually and musically compelling. Members are powerful improvisers and no two performances are alike. In addition to keyboards and vocals, BBB bandleader Binyomin Ginzberg plays the vibrandoneon — a mouth blown variation on the Argentinian bandoneon — which adds an intriguingly exotic component to the group’s sound.

WAMC Performing Arts Center Albany, NY: The Music of the Jews of Uganda

On October 14th 2010 the Linda WAMC Performing Arts Center hosted a lecture by Mike Cohen, co-founder of PVAO. Mike presented the music and story of the Abayudaya to a standing room only audience! Over $3,000 was raised at this wonderful event which was supported by State University of New York Albany’s Department of African Studies and Music.

Airing of Documentary – Pearls of Africa: The Abayudaya Jews of Africa with producer Guy Lieberman


The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of West 70th St in NYC hosted a screening of Guy Lieberman’s documentary about Ugandan Jewry titled “Pearls of Africa” on June 5th @ 7 pm 2009. This documentary takes you through the journey of the Abayudaya and their incredible story. Guy was be at the viewing and available for Q&A following the movie.  Check out the SABC article about the film.