A Look at Jewish Colombia: Its Community, History, and Challenges

Thursday, January 18

USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 09:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

Learn about the Jewish presence in Colombia, its historical roots, how the communities were established, the challenges we faced during the country's Civil War, and how our identity has been shaped by all these factors. 

My name is Vivianne and I am a third-generation Jew living in Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia. I will tell you the history of my family and use that as a springboard to show you about my community and my country, illustrating it with fascinating historical anecdotes. I will also discuss the recent resurgence of those people who are rediscovering their lost Jewish roots.

About Vivianne

Vivianne Tesone Milhem is the Deputy Director of the Colombian Jewish Federation, the umbrella organization of the Jewish communities in the country, and is also the editor of Hashavua online magazine. She is a graduate of Literature from the Universidad de Los Andes, has a Master's degree in Journalism from Universidad del Rosario and an M.A. in Religions, Culture and Peace from the University for Peace.

She's a member of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps of the World Jewish Congress and has worked and volunteers with other Jewish organizations. Her work is focused on interfaith initiatives, education, combating antisemitism, Holocaust remembrance, diplomacy and advocacy.

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