AJC Launches Latino Jewish Leadership Council 

January 12, 2017 -- New York -- A prominent group of national U.S. Jews and Latinos has established the Latino Jewish Leadership Council (LJLC). Convened by AJC, the new national Council will work to further strengthen Latino-Jewish cooperation in advocating for issues of shared concern and values cherished by both communities.

AJC has long been committed to deepening Latino-Jewish understanding and cooperation. The LJLC expands upon groundbreaking initiatives that have included helping launch the bipartisan Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus in 2011, and hosting in 2013 a National Conversation on the State of Latino-Jewish Relations in Washington, D.C., attended by 100 high-level leaders from both communities. Many LJLC members have participated in these and other initiatives of AJC’s Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs (BILLA).  Please click here to read more.

AJC Donates To Repair Florida Mosque

December 9, 2016 – New York – AJC presented a donation today to help rebuild the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, Florida, severely damaged in an arson attack in September.

An attack on any house of worship is an affront to all Americans, regardless of their religious affiliation,” said Robert Silverman, AJC Director of Muslim-Jewish Relations. “Burning a mosque is a hate crime condemned by the entire American Jewish community.”

Silverman traveled to Fort Pierce to present the AJC donation to Imam Syed Shafeeq Ur Rahman, director of the Islamic Center, and also to address the congregation during Friday prayers.  Please click here to read more. 

Congressman Ted Lieu and AJC Explore Policy Challenges  

On October 26, 2016, 55 AJC leaders participated in a fascinating conversation and dinner with Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33). The Congressman, a member of the Oversight & Government Reform Committee's National Security Subcommittee, and the AJC leaders explored U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East including Iran's nuclear program, the Syrian Civil War, and the refugee crisis. The Congressman also shared his vision on combating bigotry and discrimination against minorities in America. Past AJC LA President Sherry Weinman and Michael Umansky hosted the program, which was moderated by Vice President Cathy Unger. Policy Co-Chair Ira Handelman closed the program with a call to action on AJC's legislative priorities. 


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Dear French Foreign Minister Ayrault

David HarrisThe inevitable should not be more dead-end international gatherings, but rather face-to-face Israeli-Palestinian talks. When everyone wakes up to that stark reality, perhaps a two-state accord can be expedited.

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