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Venezuelan Political Crisis: A Jewish Perspective
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
In the mid-1990s there were approximately 25,000 Jewish residents of Venezuela but today the number is closer to 5,000. Come hear Tony Raichler, a young adult Venezuelan Jew who made aliyah to Israel, speak about his experiences as a lone soldier, his struggles in Venezuela and his integration into Israeli society.
The situation for Jews around the world today is becoming more and more precarious, with rising anti-Semitism from both the left and the right. Tony can provide some insight into the current situation in Venezuela, particularly for the Jewish community.
Tony moved from Venezuela to Israel at the age of 16. When he turned 18 he became an Israeli citizen and enlisted in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). Tony served as a lone soldier in the Golani Brigade. A few months before his release from the IDF Tony began his journey with Wings, a Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) program that provides young, new immigrants with a continuum of services from the time they first arrive in Israel until two years after their release from the IDF.
If you have any questions or need accommodations for differing abilities, contact Meryl Franzos at email@example.com or 412-992-5204.