Ras Tafari Renaissance

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,


I welcome you all to yet another posting here on Ras Tafari Renaissance, for the a memorial in acknowledgment of the Chief Rabbi and head of the Black Jews in America, the pioneer; Rabbi Wentworth Authur Matthew.

rabbi wentworth a. matthew (photo by james van derzee)

So much can be said about this wonderfully gifted and blessed individual, but we will try to leave most of the more in-depth points of this man’s life up to your research.  Rabbi Matthew, wasn’t a completely complex individual especially, to those who knew him well, or knew of his work.  A leader, teacher, innovator, poised and extremely aware the world around him and at large.

rabbi wentwerth a. matthew and member of the commandment keepers congregation

To those who have yet to take a look into this great man’s life and his life’s work, you are in for a treat as you will find that he was steadfast in his teachings, loyal to those around him.  But, in most of all very truthful in his analogies, appropriations and actions.

rabbi wentwerth a. matthew2

So, today we do him his well-deserved honor as a brother, teacher, scholar, organizer of men, and pioneer among many.

We give thanks to the father for him, coming to leave a legacy, and work of love for his people.

Chief Rabbi Wentworth A. Matthew

Rabbi Wentwerth A. Matthew

We here at Ras Tafari Renaissance, are happy to announce that a compilation of film production has been found to be in the works and as per research, reportedly in the postproduction phase.  We lend our full support to the finalization of this project for the cataloguing of the lives of the participants of the Commandments Keepers Congregation of the Living God, Inc; the Rabbinical College of the Royal Order of the Ethiopian Hebrews otherwise known as the “Black Jews of Harlem.”


This film is said to be produced and directed by Marlaine Glicksman, & hopefully if word makes it to her and the organization supporting this work; we encourage, and exhort the efforts brought forward to this point.  We also firmly stand with the information that is surely to be revealed, as per our own research and findings into this once vibrant and far-reaching community, as well as its remnant in complete solidarity.

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