The Jewish Experience in Uruguay

Sunday, March 10

Please note that the times (in the US) are different from our usual schedule!

USA 1:00 pm PT / 4:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 9:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

In this interactive and dynamic virtual tour, we will embark on a fascinating journey back in time to explore the origins of Jewish immigration to Uruguay. We'll step into the shoes of those immigrants who chose this country as their destination, imagining the unique reality they encountered. Discover the process that led to the formation of the organized Jewish community. Witness how Uruguay, once known as the 'Switzerland of America,' the first welfare state in the region, the most secular in Latin America, and one of the most progressive in the world shaped a vibrant, diverse, and ideologically active Jewish community. Share in the life stories of prominent figures who lived in the country and explore intriguing connections between Jewish and Uruguayan culture. Finally, engage in a dialogue about the current state of Jewish life in Uruguay, reflecting on its key issues and future challenges.

About Shai

Shai Abend is a community entrepreneur, educator, and tour guide. Holding a B.A. in Political Science and Humanities from the Hebrew University and an M.A. in Business Intelligence from the University of Barcelona, Shai brings a wealth of knowledge to his roles. 

He is the founder and director of "BERESHIT: The Jewish Experience," a non-profit community initiative dedicated to connecting individuals with Jewish heritage in Uruguay through educational, cultural, and tourism projects. Within this initiative, Shai is also the founder and director of the "Jewish Museum" Initiative. Shai is deeply committed to Holocaust education, serves as a guide in Poland, and has previously led the Jewish Studies department at the Catholic University in Uruguay.

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With your contribution, you will also be donating to the Uruguay Jewish Museum, a non-profit community initiative that aims to connect people with the history and culture of Uruguayan Jews.

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