May 1, 2013 – Washington – AJC and The Latino Coalition (TLC)
announced today a cooperative agreement to jointly deepen and strengthen
relations between the Jewish and Latino communities in the United States. The
accord was signed today at a luncheon event in Washington, DC.
“We have certainly come a long way,” said Tom Kahn, chair of AJC’s
Latino and Latin American Institute, referring to decades of interactions
between the two communities. “Today, there seems to be common conviction that a
more solid and effective Latino-Jewish coalition can certainly help advance
shared visions and goals at home and abroad.”
The agreement between AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization, and
The Latino Coalition, a national group of Hispanic business owners, follows the
recent National Conversation on the State of Latino-Jewish Relations, sponsored
by AJC. TLC leaders participated, and also attended the first Latino-Jewish
Summit in 2001, which AJC co-sponsored.
“I want to acknowledge AJC for
this incredible opportunity to partner together,” said Hector Barreto, TLC
Chairman. “We are very proud of the relationship we have and are looking forward
to growing this friendship for many years to come so that we can benefit both
of our great communities, the Jewish community and the Latino community, in the
The first Latino-Jewish Summit in 2001, Kahn said, “established the
foundation for a process through which leaders and organizations, representing
each group, would publicly support key aspects of our common and individual
The National Conversation, in March 2013, produced a Statement of Latino-Jewish
Joint Purpose and Action that is a blueprint for cooperation on key policy
issues and has been widely endorsed in both communities.
“From immigration reform to
foreign policy, from education to philanthropic endeavors, from economic to political
empowerment, there is much that both communities can achieve for the benefit of
our communities and U.S. society as a whole,” said Kahn.