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Summer research: Exploring Judaism in Africa

Nava Friedman ’13, left, with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu in Uganda. (Courtesy Nava Friedman ’13)
When most people think about Judaism, eastern Africa probably does not enter their minds. Nava Friedman ’13 thinks differently, though. In the summer of 2010, Friedman participated in an educational service trip in Uganda, run by the American Jewish World Service, and visited a community in Nabugoye that has many synagogues and Jewish schools. The local Jews are called the Abayudaya (literally “the Jewish people,” in the local language, Luganda).
Friedman knew that if she could visit the community again, she would jump at the chance. Princeton gave her that opportunity through the Martin A. Dale Awards, which give $4,000 to sophomores to pursue independent projects over the summer.
Prior to visiting Nabugoye from the middle of June through early August, Friedman’s goals were to learn about the community’s religious life through conversation and interviews. “I was hoping to compile these interviews as individual testimonies, and use them as a basis for a possible performance piece,” she said. “I also wanted to be useful to the community through some sort of volunteer work.”

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Weiner ’91 explores egg-donorship, surrogacy in new novel


New book: Then Came You, by Jennifer Weiner ’91 (Atria Books)
The author: Weiner is the bestselling author of nine books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and Fly Away Home. She also is the executive producer for the ABC Family show State of Georgia.
The book: Jules Wildgren is a Princeton senior who decides to sell her “pedigree” eggs to help save her father from addiction. Annie Barrow, married to her high school sweetheart and the mother of two boys, believes that becoming a surrogate will not only help out another family, but also her own. India Bishop falls for a wealthy older man and thinks that having a child will ensure a happy ending. She turns to technology when her attempts at conceiving a child fail. These stories come together in a tale that explores the making of a truly modern family.

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