A much more recent phe­nom­enon has been a move­ment among some Igbo to match their tra­di­tion of Jewish descent with the learning of Hebrew and the prac­tice of Judaism. Outside of Nigeria, there has been growing interest in the country’s Igbo Jews, who now number some­where between 3,000 and 5,000.  In 2012, New York film­maker Jeff Lieberman released Re-​​emerging: The Jews of Nigeria, a doc­u­men­tary con­taining inter­views with Igbo Jews and chron­i­cling a three-​​week visit to the country by Rabbi Howard Gorin of Mary­land.  Ear­lier this year, Pro­fessor William Miles of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pub­lished Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-​​Judaic Odyssey, based on his two visits to Igbo Jews in Nigeria’s cap­ital, Abuja. A book on Nigeria’s Jews written by Daniel Lis of the Uni­ver­sity of Basel will be coming out in 2013 as well.

 

 

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