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RCI Hosts Latino-Jewish Dialogue Series Event

August 29, 2012

Phoenix College’s Raul H. Castro Institute served as the host for the second meeting of the Latino and Jewish communities as part of the Latino-Jewish Dialogue Series. This meeting took place in the Willo Room of PC’s Osborn site on January 19.

About 100 people were on hand to discuss ways in which the two communities could learn more about each other and work together on initiatives that move both communities forward.

Participants were treated to a reception before the event started with appetizers featuring food from both communities. After welcoming remarks from PC President Dr. Anna Solley, two speakers encouraged participants to pursue stronger ties between the two groups. Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Bill Straus and Víctor Manuel Treviño Escudero, the Mexican consul general in Phoenix, both made remarks before participants broke into groups to brainstorm on specific topics.

The recommendations emerging from the small-group discussions included ongoing cross-cultural education; relationship building; and getting young people involved in important issues.

The Real Arizona Coalition was the organizer of the event and one of 10 sponsors. Other sponsors were the American Jewish Committee, Chicanos Por La Causa, Anti-Defamation League, Valle del Sol, ASU Center for Jewish Studies, Mi Familia Vota, Temple Chai Social Justice Center and the Arizona Latino Research Enterprise.