10 Things You Didn’t Know About Judaism in Africa

Written by Keren Mikva

A Jewish population in Cameroon dwindled as many converted to Christianity or Islam.

As Jewish and Egyptian merchants traveled to Cameroon for trade, a Jewish community grew. Historically, Cameroonian Jews followed many aspects of Judaism including keeping kosher and wearing tefillin (Torah verses worn by observant Jews during weekday morning prayers). It is also thought that many North African Jews fled to Cameroon as Islamic conquests drove them south.