Building Latino-Jewish Bridges on Campus - June 2011

Twenty-two Latina and Jewish students traveled to Israel on an educational seminar operated by Project Interchange, an institute of the American Jewish Committee, in collaboration with the National Hispana Leadership Institute and The David Project. In its inaugural year, the program included 22 Latina and Jewish students from Boston University, Brandeis University, University of California, Irvine, and University of Texas, Austin. This seminar was a part of the Building Latino-Jewish Bridges on Campus Program, an initiative generously supported by the Bay Area-based MZ Foundation, which aims to establish enduring relations between Hispanic and Jewish Students.

All participating students first traveled to Washington, DC in June for an intensive weekend training program to learn together about Jewish and Latino communities’ histories and priorities. They then traveled to Israel, where they continued their conversation through meetings with Israeli political, cultural and educational leaders.  Much of the program focused on the thematic elements that strongly resonate with both groups, such as cultural issues, mutual understanding of each other’s histories, culture and religion, as well as immigration and integration.

For the fall semester, the students committed to developing programs on their respective campuses to deepen relations between the two communities.