Beth Yeshourun is a warm and welcoming Jewish community located in Cameroon, Africa, in a little town called SAA which is about one hour by car far from Yaounde (the capital city).
Isolated and Self-taught for many years, we recently got our isolation broken thanks to Kulanu whose two volunteers (Rabbi Gerald and Rabbanit Bonita Sussmans of the Synagogue Temple Emmanuel of New-York) visited us last summer.
We are dedicated to more engaged Jewish observance, to the love of Israel, the homeland of the Jews and We try to develop and maintain a spiritualy vibrant and mutually supportive community.
Learn more about us by following the links below.
Formerly a christian congregation, we started our wonderful and exciting journey towards Judaism in 1998. We were true God seekers and God Himself guided us to His will. Many events occurred and we discovered many things thanks to our dedication to the bible study.
It is finally in 1998 that we decided to serve GOD by the same way Jews serve Him. There was no other meaning to this: We had just decided to become Jews. Since then, we have been making all our efforts upgrading our knowledge of Judaism and its observance. Internet helped us a lot. We also have been praying God to help us being converted one day.
Our leader, Serge ETELE, started demarches to create connections with other Jewish communities and to get rabbis' support for our conversion. Rabbi Jeremy Gordon of the New London Synagogue accepted to help and recommanded us to Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg who has a long distance conversion program and who has been giving us courses since then.
Nearly four months later, Serge found Kulanu.
Kulanu got interested in our story and few times later, there were volunteers avaible to visit our community. The Holy One, Blessed be He, heard our prayers and just answered by sending us His envoys (Rabbis Gerald & Bonita Sussmans) to break our isolation.
Those last months, Hachem performed lots of miracles for our community. Baroukh Shemo!
we are proud to be jewish and we whole heartedly wish to say thank you to all those who have been involved or who are now involved in helping us.
On this website, you will find some of the reasons for why we decided to become Jews. Just visit the section "Judaism & Christianity".
We wish to :
- Build a supportive and inclusive community, concerned and caring for one another, where people enjoy the celebration of Jewish life. as well as they deepen their spiritual and intellectual growth through learning, pratice and prayer, and work for the continuty of the Jewish people.
- Follow Judaism’s passionate concern for Tikkun Olam, making a better world for all human beings.
- Share an unconditional love for Israel, the homeland of the Jews through praying for it and supporting it.
A word from the leader
Thank you for taking some time to visit our website.
My goal for Beth Yeshourun is to help building a sacred and vibrant community, as well as a prosper community that will contribute to Tikkun olam global efforts and to Make shine Judaism in Africa.
I adress a word of gratitude to Kulanu a very great hearted organization for the work it does to help us and to help many other Jewish communities around the world. I also say thank you to Rabbi Gerald and Rabbanit Bonita Sussman of Temple Emmanuel, in Staten Island, New-york who visited us last summer and are working together with Kulanu to open doors for us in the world's Jewish community.
Here in Beth Yeshourun, we root ourselves in Torah and share the love of Judaism through learning, practice and prayer. We also seek ways large and small to make our world a better place for all its people. I believe that task is the ultimate purpose of Judaism.
We hope you will enjoy our website and that you will think by soon to visit us.
In the meantime, please let us know if you have any question, or would like to get more information about any aspect of our community.
You can email us to: firstname.lastname@example.org (please, copy and paste the address) or fill out the form on the right to contact us, and we will get back to you rapidily with information.
Would you like to visit us?
We are always happy to welcome visitors. If you would like to visit us, do not hesitate, please, email email@example.com for arrangements. You will absolutely be welcome among us and we will try all our best to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. If you are out of Cameroon, then, read Information for visitors to have an idea on procedures applicable to visit Cameroon.
Our Spiritual leadership
Moreh Nachman, spiritual chief of Beth Yeshurun
Throughout our history, we have been blessed by the guidance, the generousity and the wisdom of "Moreh Nachman", as he is Affectionately called. He leads Shabbath services and he has been supporting the community for so long! He offered the place where we hold our services (our home synagogue) and all he has, he makes it avaiable for the community.
Serge ETELE, spiritual leader of Beth Yeshurun
As he can learn from Internet and distant Rabbis, he provides Jewish teachings to the community, talmud Torah and Hebrew classes and works to connect his community to other communities and to bring it an international recognition.
One of cantors, he helps in conducting services and sometimes serves as ba'al koreh. He has self-composed hebrew songs.
He leads the choir, holds a music class where he teaches children how to play guitar or drums. He also composes nices hebrew, local languages and french songs and sometimes also serves as Ba'al Koreh.