Second Annual Latino Lobby Day in Virginia
A delegation from AJC's Washington Chapter joined the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO) for the second annual Latino Lobby Day in Virginia on February 5th. Participants urged local elected officials to oppose legislation that would make it a crime for charitable organizations to provide services to the undocumented and to support laws that would extend in-state tuition benefits to students who meet certain criteria. In addition to individual meetings with legislators, the Latino Jewish group was briefed by Governor Tim Kaine and the State's Attorney General Bob McDonnell.
Latino Jewish Business Mixer in San Francisco
AJC's San Francisco Bay Area Chapter held its third annual business mixer with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on February 8th. The event brought together Latino and Jewish businesspeople in an informal atmosphere to develop professional and social contacts.
Boston: Building Diversity on Campus
Latino and Jewish students and professionals attended a breakfast on February 8th organized by AJC's Boston Chapter and the Latino Jewish Dialogue to discuss diversity work programs on campus. Keynote speaker Dr. Mary Fifield, president of Bunker Hill Community College, addressed the significance of building strong institutions through diversity and the importance of protecting the rights of immigrants in the U.S.
Impact of Federal and State Legislative Agendas on Jewish and Hispanic Communities
San Diego's Latino/Jewish Coalition and the San Diego Latino Unity Coalition are co-sponsoring a panel discussion with Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif), State Senator Denise Ducheny (40th District) and State Assemblywoman Lori Saldana (76th District). The panel scheduled for February 23rd will focus on the federal and state legislative agendas and their impact on the Jewish and Latino communities. The discussion will be moderated by Coalition co-chairs Howard Wayne and Caridad Sanchez.
Mark Your Calendars: Fourth Sephardic Model Seder in Chicago
AJC's Chicago Chapter and the Alliance of Latinos and Jews will hold their fourth annual Sephardic Model Seder on March 20th at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in downtown Chicago. The celebration is based on traditions thousands of years old practiced by Jews who lived in Spain and Portugal, including the use of the Ladino language which combines old Spanish and Hebrew vocabulary.
Created in late 1994, the Alliance of Latinos and Jews builds relationships between the two communities. Participants include individuals from the Chicago's area's largest corporations and most successful small businesses, elected and appointed officials, volunteer and professional leaders from some of Chicago'smost prestigious non-profit organizations. To find out more, please visit www.latinosandjews.org
Ari M. Gordon Assistant Director Department of Interreligious Affairs American Jewish Committee 165 E56th St. New York, NY 10022 (212) 891-6768 (212) 751-4000 x266 www.ajc.org www.engagingamerica.org