(JNS.org) An international conference seeking to enhance Jewish-Latino relations brought together a coalition of leading figures to emphasize shared historical roots and raise awareness about the Anousim, Latino descendants of forced converts.
"Bringing this milestone conference to Miami is just a first step in the initialization of shared Latino and Jewish heritage,” Avi Gross, academic director of the Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies, told JNS.org about the event held on Sept.7 and 8. “We are enthused about the continuation this important dialogue.”
The Reconnection 2016 conference is hosted by the Institute of Sefardi and Anousim Studies of Netanya Academic College in Netanya, Israel and co-chaired by Betty Ehrenberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress and Henry Cisneros, chairman of CityView and former Secretary of Housing in the Clinton administration.
Renowned leaders and experts slated to speak at the event included Israeli Consul General in New York Dani Dayan, Pastor Mario Bramnick, president of Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition, Professor Sergio DellaPergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and keynote speaker Pastor John Hagee.