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Reconnecting 2016: Reinvigorating Shared Latino-Jewish Roots and Heritage

Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies, September 7, 2016
Latino-Jewish conference takes place
Sergio Carmona | Sun Sentinel | Sept 9, 2016

The international conference, "RECONNECTING 2016: Reinvigorating Shared Latino-Jewish Roots and Heritage," recently took place at the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach.

The aim of the conference, hosted by the Institute of Sefardi and Anousim Studies of Netanya Academic College in Netanya, Israel and held in Miami-Dade County for the first time, was to enhance Jewish-Latino relations, emphasize shared historical and cultural roots among Latinos, Jews, and the descendants of forced converts (Anousim), and enlarge the network of community, social, and religious groups working to advance their common heritage and values. It brought together a coalition of speakers including leading statesmen and public figures.

Among the numerous speakers in the conference included Lior Haiat, Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico; Pastor Carlos Ortiz, founder of Hispanics Allied for Israel; Hava Holzhauer, Florida Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League; Betty Ehrenberg, executive director for World Jewish Congress - USA; Pastor Mario Bramnick of Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition; and Gloria Garc├ęs, senior director of Miami Operations for Fuente Latina, non-governmental organization that intends to remove geographic and linguistic barriers for global Spanish language media covering stories about Israel and the Middle East.


Keywords: Anousim, crypto-jews