The Karaite Jewish University is a non-profit corporation incorporated in California, U.S.A., in November 2005 for the purposes of disseminating the study of Karaite Judaism. Karaite Jewish University is not accredited as an academic institution. However, it has been authorized by the Council of Sages of Universal Karaite Judaism to teach an Introduction to Karaite Judaism course, both for Rabbinic Jews wishing to affiliate formally with Karaite Judaism, as well as potential converts to Judaism according to Karaite practice. Universal Karaite Judaism is the official body recognized by the State of Israel as representing Karaite Jews in matters of personal status. The university's first “Introduction to Judaism” class began in February 2006 and ended in May 2007. Ten of the graduates from the course converted to Judaism together with their children under the auspices of Congregation Bnai Israel of the Karaite Jews of America in Daly City, California, on July 30, 2007.[1] These were the first official sanctioned conversions to Judaism according to the Karaite rite since 1465.[citation needed] On September 2, 2007, the university awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree in Education to Mourad El-Kodsi, historian and author of The Karaite Jews of Egypt[2] and The Karaites of Poland, Lithuania, Russia & Ukraine.[3] El-Kodsi was named Dean Emeritus of the university whose function will be to mentor the university's graduate students.

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  1. ^ Dan Pine, "A Conversion for the Ages", J: The Jewish News Bulletin of Northern California, August 2, 2007
  2. ^ el-Kodsi, Mourad (2006). The Karaite Jews of Egypt : from 1882-1986 (2nd ed.). Rochester, N.Y.: The author. ISBN 9780962000591. OCLC 237202663.
  3. ^ El-Kodsi, Mourad (1993). The Karaite communities in Poland, Lithuania, Russia and Crimea. Lyons, N.Y.: Wilprint. ISBN 9780962005213. OCLC 38060162.

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