AJC, Brazil Jewish Community Sign Association Accord

Nov 09, 2015, 17:53 ET from American Jewish Committee

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC has signed an association agreement with the Federation of Jewish Communities of Brazil (CONIB).

"This agreement is the confirmation of the work that has been done between our two communities and two institutions," said CONIB President Fernando Lottenberg. "AJC delegations have come to Brazil, and we have been to AJC meetings in Washington and Miami. Working together we can learn from each other's experiences and enhance the well-being of the Jewish people in Brazil and all over the world."

The signing took place during a three-day conference marking the tenth anniversary of AJC's Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs. More than 150 Jewish and Latino leaders from the United States, Latin American countries, Spain and Portugal are attending the event in Mexico.

The agreement with CONIB is AJC's 31st international agreement with Jewish communities and student organizations around the world. Nearly half are with Ibero-American Jewish communal organizations. In addition to Brazil, Jewish communities in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and Venezuela have accords with AJC.

"This growing network of close and cooperative relationships with Jewish communities, of all sizes, around the world is a hallmark of AJC's global advocacy work and commitment to the interconnectedness and collective well-being of the Jewish people," said AJC Executive Director David Harris.

AJC also has maintained a presence in Brazil since 2011, and a close partnership with the Jewish Federation of São Paulo, the largest in the country. Muriel Asseraf is AJC's representative in São Paulo, Brazil.


SOURCE American Jewish Committee