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News :: International
The Gathering of the Tribe’ International Conference of Kohanim and the Tribe of Levi July 15-19
01 Jul 2007
Groundbreaking “Gathering of the Tribe”
Will Include Leading Researchers and Rabbisin Jerusalem, July 15-19, 2007
Recent scientific research and DNA testing has shown that today’s descendents of the biblical priesthood known as Kohanim are genetically related. These descendents of Aharon, the brother of Moses, have spread throughout the world over the past 3,000 years.
Now, 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.

Kohanim and members of theTribe of Levi and their families will join together for four days of fascinating seminars, unique touring, and presentations by leading Rabbis, researchers and experts.
Participants from across the world will join Tribe members in Israel for a stimulating and educational experience at the first international gathering of Kohanim and the Tribe of Levi, to be held July 15-19, 2007 in Jerusalem. These dates coincide with the biblically noted date of the passing of Aharon the High Priest, the first day of the Hebrew month of Av.

Seminars with topics ranging from Biblical history, to Genetic-genealogy, to contemporary Halacha - Jewish Law issues will be offered in English. An exhibition hall, unique tours, and special lectures given by rabbinical leaders of Israel will enhance the Conference. “We are excited by the interest seen so far. This is not only the first family reunion of the Jewish priestly dynasty in nearly 2000 years, it is an important conference which will inform, inspire, and motivate,” explains conference organizer Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman, director of The Center for Kohanim in Jerusalem and author of the book DNA & Tradition. “The research and information we will share will play an important role in appreciating and maintaining our unique and precious heritage.”
The “Kohen - 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 events of the Kohen-Levi International Conference, including a Welcoming Dinner, a large Hebrew gathering, a full English Conference day, a “Day of the Temple”, and touring with in-the-field seminars, will be centered at the HaKotel Hall in Jerusalem’s Old City, just above the steps up from the Western Wall.
Hotel accomodations, pre and post -convention options for touring, and land arrangements are offered by

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, the 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.
Molecular geneticists have recently discovered the “Cohen Modal Haplotype” which is a Y- chromosome DNA lineage signature shared by a majority of both Ashkenazi and Sefardi Kohanim. This indicates a direct patrilineal descent of present day Kohanim from a single ancient ancestor, genetically dated to have lived approximately 3300 years ago, a time corresponding to the Exodus from Egypt.

About the Center:
The Center for Kohanim was established to promote identity and knowledge among Kohanim the world over, and increase their feelings of awareness and commitment to their heritage as Kohanim. The Center sponsors the informative website: home of the Tribe-on-Line.

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