In a moving ceremony at Buenos Aires’ Mishkán synagogue on December 15, the IberoAmerican Institute for Reform Rabbinical Education (IIFRR) ordained its first class of rabbis. The new ordinees come from Argentina, Brazil and Chile.
Afet seven years of work, the Portuguese translation of “The Torah – A Modern Commentary”, edited by Rabbi Gunther Plaut and first published in 1981, is now available to all Reform congregations in Brazil.
It is with great satisfaction that we inform the formation of the Rabbinic Reform Council of Brazil (Conselho Rabínico Reformista do Brasil – CRRB), composed of Rabbis working in Brazil to join forces and better serve communities.
Avanhandava and Colônia da CIP brought together more than 270 participants between 6 and 21 years old, a record number compared to previous years.
The fifth rabbinic student meeting of Institute took place at Mishkan, in Buenos Aires, with the presence of Rabbi Sergio Bergman and leaders of Reform communities in Argentina. The kinus brought 12 students together in an environment of study, learning, and growth under the direction of its Dean, Rabbi Damian Karo.
The historical rabbinical leaders of the Reform Movement in Latin America constituted in Beit Din (Rabbinical Court) granted the first smichah to a graduate of the IberoAmerican Institute for Reform Rabbinical Education. Mazal Tov, Rabbi Diego Elman!
The 4th Tikkun Olam Seminar – an initiative of the Union of Reform Judaism in Latin America and Tamar, the young adult movement of Netzer Olami of the World Union – brought together 25 young Brazilian Jews from Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, Rio and Brasilia and architecture students from Espírito Santo to renovate the community center of the indigenous community of Vila do Areal.
It is with sadness that World Union shares the news of the passing of Rabbi Henry Sobel Z”L in Miami on November 22. The death of Henry Sobel, Brazil’s iconic rabbi and human rights activist, was mourned by Jewish and non-Jewish groups across Latin America’s largest nation.
Rebeca Orantes from Guatemala was part of the 2018-2019 Brotherhood of Roswell Klal Yisrael for the URJ and visited France to understand the efforts of the Jewish liberal movement and its challenges. Learn more about her unforgettable experience with MahaNetzer this summer.
The 4th Kinus of the Ibero-American Institute for Reform Rabbinical Education, the biannual face-to-face meeting that marks a key instance in the institution’s school year, was held in Campos do Jordao, Sao Paulo.