Karaite Jewish University
Karaite Jewish University takes up
the banner of the handful of Karaite educational
institutions that have previously existed. The Bakhtawi
Academy (Yeshivat Bakhtawi) circa 1000 to 1071 was the
last existing prominent Karaite educational institution
of which we are aware. KJU seeks to become the Jewish
university of tomorrow while not forgetting our past.
We embrace the responsibilities of leadership in the
advancement and celebration of the Jewish Karaite
community, which this undertaking requires.
In practice Karaite Judaism is very
much a scholarship oriented religion. It places upon
every Karaite the duty to "search the scriptures well"
to find the best reasoned and factually supported
position about what YHWH demands of us. On occasion
Karaites will differ, but these differences should be a
source of strength and celebration and not acrimony.
For eventually further analysis and scholarship focusing
on the issue generally provides a greater consensus as
to the most well reasoned approach.
Optimistic about the prospects for a
vibrant re-emergence of a Jewish Karaite community, our
goal is to add faculty, expand our curriculum and
develop innovative academic programs that offer
Certificates of Completion that may lead to conversion.
By faithfully answering the call of YHWH, our graduates
will make a difference in the world.
KJU plans to offer a wide array of
lectures, symposia, special institutes, classes and a
number of cultural offerings, thus enhancing thousands
of individuals’ understanding of Karaite Judaism and
expanding their knowledge about the history, traditions
and language of their heritage.
KJU's mandate to succeed is
imperative. Failure is not an option for it will once
again leave the Karaite Jewish Community without a
unifying organization to teach its children about the
oldest existing modern branch of Judaism that is known
by its current name.
In December of 2006, KJU staff met
with Moetzet Hakhamin (Council of Sages) in Ramlah,
Israel and received the approval to teach an
Introduction to Karaite Judaism Course. KJU looks
ahead, not only to the exciting possibilities at our
Jewish university, but also to the promise and potential
of the world's millions of Jews who until now have never
heard of Karaite Judaism. KJU aims to make inroads into
this abyss and by so doing forge a new relationship with
our Rabbinic brethren.
KJU is for the entire Jewish
community: potential converts and Jews of every
belief, background and branch of Judaism are welcome to
learn here. As our program develops we invite you to
learn more about them.