Welcome to the Karaite Jewish
University website. The Karaite Jewish University (KJU) is an
independent Californian Corporation with Non-Profit status.
The University has not formerly associated
with any other Karaite organization. KJU has received the permission of the
Moeseth Hakhamim (Council of Sages), to teach an Introduction to Judaism course.
This course may lead to a conversion conducted by the KJA Beth Din that is appointed by
the Moeseth Hakhamim.
For approximately 500 years prior to
the establishment of the Karaite Jewish University, there was no organized way
for Jews to become affiliated with the Karaite Jewish movement; nor was there
any way for non-Jews to convert to Judaism through the Karaite Jewish movement.
In 2007, graduates from the KJU became the first known converts to Judaism
through the Karaite movement in approximately a half of a millennium. In the
following years, the Jews who have graduated our courses have also formally
affiliated with the Karaite Jewish movement. We are proud of our work to-date.
The KJU strives to be the best
organization we can, and we are currently re-evaluating our educational model
and infrastructure. Because our staff works on a volunteer-basis, this process
may take some time. At this time, the KJU is running a course for individuals in
the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries, and that course will continue to
its completion. We currently do not have any future courses scheduled and we are
not accepting students for any courses; but we plan to resume teaching and
education in the near future. We look forward to this exciting next step in our
development and we hope you will join us on our important mission.
If you would like to be notified in
anticipation of our next course offering, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BeShalom, The Staff of the KJU
In 2013, a
Symposium held at Bar-Ilan University - Tel Aviv , on May 2, 2013on the Karaite
Jews in Egypt. A YouTube recording of the event is at this link.