AJC Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey Presents Crossing Boundaries Symposium: Latinos and Jews as Diaspora Communities


AJC’s Latino-Jewish Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is proud to announce that it is hosting the Crossing Boundaries Symposium: Latinos and Jews as Diaspora Communities, a free event open to the public, although advance registration is required. This Symposium will be held on April 17, 2014 at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia headquarters. The program is made possible by a generous multi-year grant from the Ford Foundation.


The Crossing Boundaries Symposium will feature two expert speakers: David R. Ayón, Senior Fellow of the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, and Lila Corwin Berman, Director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University. Dina Siegel Vann, Director of the AJC Latino and Latin American Institute, will moderate the discussion. In addition, the Symposium will present a video debut of three personal Philadelphia immigration stories, produced by History Making Productions.


AJC is the global advocate for the well-being of the Jewish people and for the advancement of democratic values for all. For more than 100 years, AJC has sought to advance the peace and security of the Jewish people around the world. Through high-level diplomacy, strong legislative advocacy, and effective interreligious and interethnic coalitions, AJC has made a significant impact on issues critical to all people. With key relationships at the regional, national, and international levels—from diplomats, to global decision-makers and community leaders—AJC is the preeminent global Jewish advocate.


The AJCLatino-Jewish Coalition of Greater Philadelphia was created in 2012 as part of a growing commitment to interreligious and interethnic work. Supporting democracy and pluralism, promoting intergroup relations, and building coalitions to advance shared interests, have always been the central focus of AJC intergroup work. The diverse members of the AJC Latino-Jewish Coalition of Greater Philadelphia work together to form a cohesive alliance, focusing on dialogue and cooperation on issues of common concern, such as immigration, public education, and foreign policy.  


The Co-Chairs of the Crossing Boundaries Symposium are Jennifer Rodriguez and Toni Seidl.  The Co-Chairs of the AJC Latino-Jewish Coalition of Greater Philadelphia are Sally Cooper Bleznak and the Honorable Nelson Diaz. 

Date: 4/11/2014