· Mr Michael Galaun (President)
Our community comprises a dwindling hard core of long term “residents” complimented by expatriates who identify themselves as Jewish. Recently there has been a substantial influx off expatriates due to a random increase in the number of American diplomats, and an Israeli firm winning the contract to run our National Railway System for a number of years.
At last year’s High Holyday services we had a minyan for the first time in many years and at a recent cocktail party held in honour of our visiting Israeli Ambassador a record attendance was achieved.
However I regret to advise that following the passing of my Father Abe Galaun on the 19th August 2003, my Mother Vera Galaun passed away on the 15th August 2004. Both were stalwarts of our community, my Mother having looked after the financial and administrative requirements of our community up to her death. Mrs Margaret Szeftel, a long term resident also died last year.
Dr Michael Bush, who is one of my fellow Trustees, was awarded the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in this year’s New Year Honours list for his services to HIV/AIDS victims and their families in Zambia.
As usual services on High Holydays were held in the Lusaka Synagogue and conducted by members of our community. We recently held our traditional communal seder with a record attendance of 75 Jews which is the largest gathering of Jews we have seen in Zambia since the 1960s.
Plans are in progress to renovate our Synagogue
We have continued to assist those members of our community who are in need, as well as supporting local charities. We continue to maintain Jewish cemeteries throughout Zambia.
Mr Emanuel Seri, the Israeli Ambassador based in Nairobi, paid a second visit to Zambia earlier this year. Zambia’s relationship with Israel remains satisfactory and there are no antisemitic incidents in Zambia.