Jewish communities in Latin America have weathered storms of political upheaval, social uncertainty, and economic collapse—always with JDC’s assistance and strategic support. From the diverse threads of Judaism throughout Argentina to the budding Jewish life being nurtured in Cuba, JDC has worked to foster stability, self-sufficiency, and reliable care for the needy in Jewish communities throughout the region.
Today, JDC’s work in Latin America is primarily focused on:
- Saving the poorest Jews: JDC in Cuba helps the community meet the basic food and medical needs of its most vulnerable; while in Argentina JDC ensures the adequacy of services provided to children at risk, elderly, and families continuing to struggle following the devastating economic crises of 2001 and 2008.
- Developing tomorrow’s Jewish leaders: JDC invests in future community leaders by developing ground-breaking program models and growing a widespread leadership network through cross regional retreats, seminars, and trainings.
- Revitalizing Jewish life: Through dynamic camps, festive community holiday celebrations, and innovative “Judaism without walls” programming, JDC brings new vibrancy to Latin America’s Jewish communities. In addition, JDC offers technical expertise, consultation, and trainings to increase local organizational efficiency, assist with long-term planning, and ensure community continuity.
Latin America’s ever-changing political, social, and economic realities mean JDC’s leadership and technical support in its Jewish communities remain indispensible to ensuring the future of Jewish life in the region.