First Selichot gathering to be held for Jews in Gulf Countries

Published: August 18, 2021

The AGJC will hold a joint Selichot event for the 6 Gulf Countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.

For the first time, the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities (AGJC), the people-to-people network of Jewish communities from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries that are developing Jewish life in the region will hold a joint Selichot event.

This will be the first event of its kind in the region. The countries include Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.

The AGJC will live stream an authentic Sephardic service on Sunday, August 22, featuring special guest hazzanim. 

“As we usher in the Hebrew month of Elul and prepare for the upcoming High Holidays, we gather as a community to recite the Selichot prayers,” said AGJC Rabbi Dr. Eli Abadie. “It was very important to us to host a genuine Sephardic service as we celebrate the rejuvenation of Jewish life in the region through the formation of the AGJC.”

“We created the AGJC with the goal of enhancing Jewish life in the region and as we approach our first Rosh Hashanah as a united Jewish community, we wanted to create a meaningful Selichot event which will do just that,” said AGJC President Ebrahim Dawood Nonoo.

“We are heading back to our roots with this program – an authentic Sephardic service from one of the notable locations for Jewish life in the region.”

The AGJC oversees programming and services such as the Beth Din of Arabia, the Arabian Kosher Certification Agency, lifecycle events and other community programs.

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