International Gathering of
Groundbreaking “Gathering of the Tribe”
Recent scientific research and DNA testing has shown that today’s descendents of the biblical priesthood known as Kohanim are genetically related. Although the descendents of Aharon, the brother of Moses, have spread throughout the world over the past 3,300 years, the members of this extended family are being invited to participate in the first ‘family reunion’ held since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE.
“We are excited by the interest seen so far. This is not only the first family reunion of the Jewish priestly dynastyin nearly 2000 years, it is an important conference which will inform, inspire, and motivate,” explains conference organizer Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman. “The research and information we will share will play an important role in appreciating and maintaining our unique and precious heritage.”
The “Kohanim and Tribe of Levi Conference” will address the importance of promoting and seeking peace among the Jewish nation. The program will thus include a wide-spectrum of speakers and activities in an effort to attract the interests and bridge gaps between Jews from all backgrounds.
The conference will be based at the Renaissance Hotel in Jerusalem. Various travel packages will be available. Early arrivals and extensions can easily be arranged and pre-convention options for touring will be offered by Modi’inTours.com, land agents.
The conference will be officially announced one Hebrew year in advance at a lecture on July 25, Rosh Chodesh Av 5766, by Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman, Director of the Center for Kohanim in Jerusalem and author of the book DNA & Tradition. The presentation is entitled “Sons of Aharon-It’s in the DNA!-and other Interesting Findings from Jewish Genetic Genealogy.”
The lecture, which will include a power-point presentation, will focus primarily on the latest discoveries in the cutting-edge field of Molecular Population Genetics and how they add empirical evidence and scientific confirmation to Biblical tradition, including the “Kohen-Gene” Discovery. The lecture will be held at the OU Israel Center; 22 Keren Hayesod Street in Jerusalem at 8 pm.
About Kohanim and the Tribe of Levi:
Kohanim are the priestly family of the Jewish people. The Torah (the Bible) describes the anointment of Aharon, the brother of Moses, as the first High Priest (Kohen Gadol). The books of Exodus and Leviticus describe the responsibilities of the Kohanim, which include the Temple service, blessing of the people and spiritual healing. The Kohanim are a family of the Tribe of Levi, the tribe that was chosen for Holy service.