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The Karaite Jews of Egypt & the Demise of the Communities of Christendom

Eli'ezer ben Efraim Gayer

Identity & Global Culture, Jewish History

This session will explore the history of the Karaite Jews of Egypt 1882-1986 and the disintegration of the Karaite communities of Crimea.

Eli'ezer ben Efraim Gayer

Eli'ezer, founder of Karaite Jewish University, conducted the first formally recognized conversions of non-Jews to Karaite Judaism since 1465. Born an Orthodox Jew, Eli'ezer joined Karaite Judaism 20 years ago. He holds a LLB and a JD from Western State University, San Diego and has lectured at KJU since its founding. He arranged the first U.S. Karaite wedding which was presided over by Rabbi Moshe Yosef Firrouz, now Chief Rabbi of the Karaite Jews of Israel and Vice-Chancellor of KJU.

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