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The capital and largest city of Kenya. Jewish settlement in Kenya began when in August 1903, the British colonial secretary offered the Zionists a part of the territory in Kenya (the "Uganda Scheme") for their own autonomous country at the Sixth Zionist Congress. Although, this proposal was rejected, several Jewish families immigrated to Kenya. The Nairobi Hebrew Congregation was established; by 1913 when 20 Jewish families lived in Nairobi and the first synagogue was built.

Jewish history.

  • Jews of Nairobi 1903-1963 by Julius Carlebach.[March 2011]
  • The Jewish Chronicle (London, U.K.) for 11 May 2001, page 23, published a detailed obituary. Professor Julius Carlebach. Born in Hamburg, Germany, 28 December 1922. Died in Brighton, England, 16 April 2001. Married Myrna Landau (ex-Cape Town). Went to Kenya, 1959. Administrator to the Board for Kenya Jewry. Took over rabbinic duties at Nairobi Synagogue. Returned to England, 1963. [March 2011]
  • World Jewish Congress
  • Jews of Southern Africa Sub-continent
  • Encyclopedia Judaica

Jewish Community

Jewish Community Center, Vermont Memorial Hall, POB 30354, Nairobi , Tel. 254 2 722 182, Fax. 254 2 715 996

Nairobi Hebrew Congregation. The only operating synagogue in Kenya. (established 1904), PO Box 40990, Nairobi. Tel: 222-770, 219-703. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Dr. Saul Issroff


JOWBR burial listings for three cemeteries [July 2011]

Nairobi South War Cemetery: Jewish burials exist. [April 2011]

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