Israeli Consulate Official Addresses AJC’s Latino-Jewish Coalition


Consul of Media Affairs Shimon Mercer Woods of the Israeli Consulate in New York, a native of Venezuela, spoke about Latin American and Israeli relations at the American Jewish Committee’s quarterly meeting of the Latino-Jewish Coalition. He told how his family was among many Jewish families to find refuge in Latin America after the Holocaust.

Other speakers among the 30 in attendance talked about maintaining the connection between such countries as Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia, which have developed strong economic ties with Israel.

From left: Abelardo Lechter, national AJC Latino-Jewish Leadership Council; Vázquez Álvarez María del Rocío, deputy consul from the Mexican Consulate; Peter Longstreth, chair of the consular corps and honorary consul of Uruguay; Consul Shimon Mercer Woods, Consul of Media Affairs at the Israeli Consulate in New York; Marcia Bronstein, AJC regional director in Philadelphia; Sally Bleznak, co-chair of the Latino-Jewish Coalition; and Michael Alexander, regional advisor of the Israeli Consulate of New York


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