Wow, so I didn’t just hallucinate this?
Hat tip: Esther Kustanowitz
Also read: “AJC 3rd Annual Sukkot Festival: Where the Jewish and Latino Communities Meet” by Kelly Hartog
“Yet while the event may be exciting for the Latino community, it begs the question as to why the local Jewish community should attend. Says Brown (as in Randy Brown, Director of Interreligious & Israel Affairs of the American Jewish Committee, Los Angeles Chapter), “Well firstly, the advocacy piece is a no brainer. This is a natural synergy. We’re creating future allies for the State of Israel, but more importantly, it’s about encountering the ‘other’” he says. “There’s a huge gap where unfortunately for the Jewish community their only exposure to the Latino community is mainly through having a Latino gardener or housekeeper. There’s a linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic wall between our communities, but having them set foot in a synagogue for the first time they’re learning about us and it’s a place where the Jewish community can see them on an equal footing and where we can celebrate together.”
Hat tip: Religion and State in Israel