MONTEVIDEO – The World Jewish Congress’ Jewish Diplomatic Corps convened in Montevideo, Uruguay this week for the flagship program’s Latin American Induction Meeting. 30 Jewish Diplomats from eight countries in the region came together for a specially tailored agenda focused on skills-based trainings in diplomacy, advocacy in international organizations, social media impact, and interfaith outreach.
Over the course of the three-day program, members held meetings with notable national figures including Uruguayan Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Ariel Bergamino, Uruguayan Ambassador to Israel Dr. Bernardo Greiver, World Jewish Congress Vice President and Secretary General of the Latin American Jewish Congress Saúl Gilvich, Iberoamerican General Secretariat Cono Sur Regional Director Alejo Ramirez, and Cardinal Daniel Sturla, Archbishop of Montevideo. Participants also met with pre-presidential candidate Senator Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou, and enjoyed a tour of Parliament and meeting with Senator Rafael Michelini Delle Piane. On the final day of the program, members conducted diplomatic meetings with representatives from the embassies of Brazil, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
WJC Chief Executive Officer Robert Singer praised the meetings as an essential part of the WJC’s mission: “The World Jewish Congress’ Jewish Diplomatic Corps provides essential assistance to the WJC in the fields of diplomacy and strategic relationship building, as well as to our work on behalf of Jewish communities around the world. This impressive group of young professionals from Latin America, as part of our 300-member strong program of Jewish Diplomats from across the globe, represents the very best of current and future Jewish community leadership.”