Latin, Spanish Jews strengthen ties

Latin American and Spanish Jews signed a pact to strengthen ties.

The Latin American Jewish Congress, which is the South American branch of the World Jewish Congress, signed a cooperative agreement Tuesday in Buenos Aires with Casa Sefarad Israel, a Madrid-based organization created by Spain’s Foreign Ministry and the city of Madrid to promulgate Sephardic culture.

“With this initiative, which comes after a year and a half of negotiation, relations between the Spanish and Latin American Jewish communities will be fortified,” said Claudio Epelman, director of the Latin American Jewish Congress. “Spain will be our main entrance to get closer to European governments and communities.”

Casa Sefarad Israel, or the Sephardic-Israel Home, also aims to strengthen ties between Spain and Israel.

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