10 Things You Didn’t Know About Judaism in Africa

Written by Keren Mikva

Despite embracing Christianity, Lemba people are recognized as Jewish

Due to their recognized origins from Yemeni Jews, the Lemba people often claim their Hebrew heritage. Studies have shown genetic similarities between the Lemba and the Kohanim or priests, showing ancestral linkage to Israelites. Judaism is not often practiced among the Lemba people. Most choose to follow Christianity or Islam, but a more recent movement has begun in which some have begun to shift towards Jewish traditions.