jayapura rising

Jayapura is the capital of West Papua, Indonesia. In the past five years, some Papuan descendants of Peruvian or Indian Jews, and other simply curious Christians or Muslims-- have come to Judaism, finding out about the religion in their careful study and questioning of the text in church. For example, Diane and Harun, the leaders of the Jayapura Jewish community, wondered, "why do we celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday when the Old Testament instructs us to take our rest on Saturday?" Questions such as these led them to internet research, and to find out about Judaism. Now they are in touch with the larger community on other Indonesian islands, and run services from their home synagogue. A large part of the congregation is extended family. As they continue to become more Orthodox, they lose some people, but gain others. Diane knows this is simply part of their path.