This is spectacular news. And for about seven years now, I’ve been dreaming about such a conference. I’ve always thought that a conference of this sort would be the first of its kind.
I am pleasantly surprised to be wrong.
A few months ago, I was sifting through some books at the library of the Karaite Jews of America. One rather small work, which I had never seen before, was called The Karaite Communities in Poland, Lithuania, Russia and Crimea.*
Tucked in the back of the book was a letter to “fellow Karaite[s]” from Joe Moussa, then President of the Karaite Jews of America, dated May 21, 1993. The letter describes how Messrs. Mourad El-Kodsi, Ovadia El Gamil, and Benoit Massuda visited these historic Karaite communities in 1991.
The following line of the letter caught my attention, “At the end of the trip, the committee went to Ramla, Israel to attend the first international Karaite conference.” (Emphasis in original.)
I’ll provide additional information about next year’s conference as the KJA makes it available. In the meantime, post to the comments any topics you’d be interested in learning about at this conference. I’ll pass them along to the KJA.
*The book, interestingly, was written by Mourad El-Kodsi, who also wrote The Karaite Jews of Egypt.
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