JDC
February 2012


Hundreds of Community Leaders.
Meeting in the middle of the world.
2819 Meters above the sea level.
Debating about the future.

November 7 to November 11, 2012 - Quito / Ecuador

”INNOVATION AND TRADITION IN JEWISH LIFE:
CHALLENGES IN THE NEW LATIN AMERICAN SCENARIOS”

Some of the topics to be discussed are:

-Changes in Latin America: their consequences for the Jewish communities of the continent.

-Institutional decision making and conflict resolution: how do we examine our sources?

-Community membership, inclusions and exclusions: an exit door or an opportunity for community inclusion?

-Middle East, Israel and Latin America: new scenarios.

-Demographic changes in the communities and migration processes in the continent.

 

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Capacitación

BERLFEIN GRANT - 6TH. EDITION AWARDEES

The Alfredo Berlfein Grant Committee has appointed Lic. Leticia Baran and Lic. Ezequiel Hajnal the winners of the 2011 edition.
The Alfredo Berlfein Grant was established to recognize and commend the professional and human example of someone who promoted community work within Jewish institutions in Latin America.
Leticia Baran is the Principal of the Morim Training Institute Melamed and Counselor and Supervisor of the Central Jewish Education Council of Argentina. She is an Expert in Education, majored in Educational Management at the Universidad de San Andrés, and earned a post-graduate degree in Constructivism and Education from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales.
Leticia will participate in the Ibero-American and Israeli Meeting of Principals organized by the Mofet Institute in Israel. The meeting will address the relationship between educational leadership, values ​​and inclusion.
Ezequiel Hajnal has a degree in Business Economics from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, is a member of the Executive Committee of Lamroth Hakol and of the college sub-committee of Hillel Norte project, both in Argentina. His main topics of interest are volunteer work and the youths.
Ezequiel will attend the Global Jewish Connections  Fellows Program organized by the World Confederation of Jewish Community Centers for 15 young people from around the world, to be held in Israel and Budapest. The program aims to train young Jews for community leadership.
We extend both Leticia and Ezequiel our sincere congratulations, and are sure that this choice honors the desire of Alfredo Berlfein to strengthen, through training and study, our Latin American Jewish Communities.

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Panamá

BETTING ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

In December 2011 Jorge Schulman, Associate Director of the JDC, and Santiago Kladniew, organizational consultant, visited Panama to close the first stage of the Itzjak Rabin planning process. 
The school -open to the Panamanian society at large and with 50% of Jewish students- was established 10 years ago; its venue is a building in the so-called "Ciudad del Saber” (City of Knowledge).
The school’s professional staff was renewed a few months ago; the quality and commitment of the new team are outstanding.
The challenges for this new stage are:
- Enhance the quality and formal aspects of the education imparted to maintain the excellence of the school, which in the annual testing has ranked among Panama’s top 10.
- Manage the tensions between Jewish and general education in relation to fulfill the mission of Jewish transmission.
- Face the challenge of growth, to be materialized by purchasing a plot of land to build the school’s own venue.

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Argentina / Brasil / Chile / Ecuador / México / Perú / Uruguay / Venezuela

MEETING ON STRATEGIC THINKING WITH LATIN AMERICAN DIRECTORS

On November 22 and 23, 2011, Leatid organized the "First Meeting on Strategic Thinking" with Latin American directors. It was attended by 20 directors of community institutions from 8 Latin American countries.
The main objectives of the meeting were:
• Create a framework to identify the Latin American Jewish communities’ future strategic challenges and agenda.
• Further a network of professionals in the continent to exchange lessons learned and experiences.
The 2-day agenda included lectures, discussion, debate and thought. The guest speakers were: Dr. Gabriel Kessler, who worked on violence and insecurity in Latin America, Dr. Mercedes Di Virgilio who discussed urban changes in Latin American cities, Dr. Fortunato Mallimaci who analyzed changes in religious practices in the continent, and Dr. Daniel Fainstein who elaborated on the changes in contemporary Jewish identity.
Each block of presentations was followed by small group discussions and open exchange between all participants.
Finally, the main challenges and agenda of the Latin American Jewish communities were identified. The meeting’s second segment will be held in April 2012.

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Argentina / Brasil / Chile / Colombia / México / Perú / Paraguay / Uruguay / Venezuela

LATIN AMERICA: ANNUAL B´NAI B´RITH CONVENTION

On Friday December 2, within the framework of the Latin American Convention organized by B'nai B'rith, training was carried out on "Myths and truths of voluntary work."The training was in charge of Patricia Kahane, Assistant Director of Leatid Latin America, and Mariana Ornique, consultant to the Joint. The contents evolved around the relationship of volunteers and institutions, their motivations, the psychological contract, stages in volunteer activity and symbolic rewards of their work.
The annual B'nai B'rith Latin American Convention attracts members from all its Latin American branches. It should be noted that on this occasion (as in previous years) the B’nai B’rith asked Leatid to hold training sessions for its members.
The meeting was attended by 150 people from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Brazil (Porto Alegre and São Paulo), Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia, who enjoyed both the proposal and its contents.

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Colombia

TEACHERS’ TRAINING AT HEBREW SCHOOLS OF COLOMBIA

Between January 10 and 12 was held a training seminar for 83 teachers and principals of Jewish schools of Barranquilla, Bogota, Cali and Medellin.
The Theodore Herzl School in Medellin hosted the seminar and welcomed the colleagues very warmly, which contributed to the success of the activity.
The training evolved around "Working in heterogeneous classrooms and teaching strategies", in charge of Rivka Anijovich.
One part of the meeting was devoted to the exchange of experiences between teachers from different schools, who at certain times were grouped by subject area and at others by schooling levels.
Leaders also took part in the activity to define a future shared agenda.

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Argentina
Argentina

MULTIPLE OPTIONS TO CELEBRATE


For the second consecutive year, "YOK, Judaísmo a tu manera” (Judaism your own Way) organized the second edition of Buenos Aires Chanukah, a week full of light and proposals for all groups and ages.
To promote the respect for diversity within Judaism, YOK intends to disseminate the values ​​of this festivity through different activities geared to finding the proper meaning of Chanukah. Thus, from December 20 to 28, with the sponsorship and participation of 35 bars and artists’ ateliers, more than 20 cultural activities were held to celebrate.

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Cuba

RIKUDIM BIG TIME



On Sunday November 20 the different Rikudim groups of Havana performed on a real stage.
The Bertold Brecht Theater opened its doors for children, youths and adults  to perform their dances and songs before over 400 members of the Cuban Jewish Community.
The show, called "Around the Luach in one night" is the result of hard work carried out jointly by the morim of Rikudim of Havana, Demian Kaltman (an Argentine more who has been working and training them for 2 years) and Ariel Benclowicz and Johanna Tocker, representatives of the Joint in Cuba until December 2011.
Each presentation made ​​reference to a different holiday or commemoration of the Jewish calendar, and generated feelings and thoughts in the audience.
Of note are the dancers’ commitment and dedication, the collaboration of the Machon Albert Einstein and the Shofar Choir. It was a wonderful and memorable night.

EXCHANGE PROGRAM FOR MADRICHIM

The Shoresh Program, held its fourth encounter in January, for Madrichim of Maccabi Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Cuba.
Those who participated in the Seminar were pleased with the experience, the lessons learned and the exchange.
We are certain that this type of encounters, that promote non-formal Jewish education, contribute to our communities’ development.
The Joint wishes to commend the group of coordinators and Madrichim of Maccabi and Cuba for their commitment to the project.

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Programas Sociales

Argentina
Argentina / Uruguay

NET: SHARING EXPERIENCES



On December 3 and 4 took place in Buenos Aires the 10th NET meeting that convened Argentine and Uruguayan youths.
NET is an assistance program for college students managed together by the American Jewish Joint and Tzedaka Foundation in Argentina.  Beneficiaries receive monthly grants to improve their current situation and pursue higher studies to enhance  their future possibilities. As a tradeoff, participants devote part of their time to solidarity, working in different areas of the local Jewish community, to foster their commitment on the basis of significant personal and collective experiences.
Currently 110 youths of Argentina get grants from the Program, of which 54 live in the Federal Capital and Greater Buenos Aires, 56 in the provinces, and another 20 are from Montevideo, Uruguay. In Uruguay, the program is managed by the local Tzedaka Foundation with the support of Bank Hapoalim.
Throughout the year, various events and activities are carried out as part of the program for participants to interact, get training and become familiar with the transmission of Jewish values.
In the 10th meeting, since Chanukah was near, issues of interest were presented by several trainers; the youths were introduced to the use of new technologies to support their professional development.

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Uruguay

THE SENIORS’ CENTER IS CONSTANTLY GROWING 

In recent years, the Jewish Seniors’ Center of Uruguay has expanded all its areas.
A new management team has been appointed and health professionals have been recruited, as well as others responsible for resident care, recreation, fundraising and communication. All this means that the management has greatly improved thanks to the support received by the Joint and the committed work of its leaders.
The extension has resulted in 35% increase in the number of the Center’s residents, which has in turn increased the demand to live in the only Jewish Seniors’ Center of Uruguay. For this reason, those wishing to be admitted have to go through a long waiting list. Given the difficulty involved in keeping seniors waiting, the decision was made to hold a major fundraising campaign in Rosh Hashanah, which had a very good response from donors. The assistance resulted in measures to improve the care of the elderly; work started in December 2011 to build 8 new rooms to accommodate 18 new residents. During the last week of December, with support from the Joint, some of the professionals of the Jewish Seniors’ Center went to Buenos Aires to exchange experiences with colleagues from LeDor VaDor in a process of mutual enrichment for both institutions.

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