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More than 800 people attended a poignant gathering in Uruguay on Saturday to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, with keynote remarks delivered by Spanish journalist and former politician Pilar Rahola.
The event, held at the Solanas Convention Center in Punta Ballena, was co-organized by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM), Comunidad Israelita de Punta del Este (CIPEMU), Nueva Congregación Israelita de Montevideo (NCI), and Latin American Jewish Congress (CJL).
🕯️ Tuvimos una noche de reflexión y unidad en nuestro evento en homenaje al Día Internacional de Conmemoración en Memoria de las Víctimas del Holocausto, en Punta del Este (Uruguay). Organizado por CAM, Cipemu, NCI, CJl y respaldado por diversas empresas, el evento reunió a más… pic.twitter.com/P7VUy4xEpv
— CAM en Español (@CAMenEspanol) January 29, 2024
The evening began with a moving havdalah ceremony performed by Rabbi Daniel Dolinski. Janine Brunstein, a Holocaust survivor, and Tomas Kogan offered prayers for the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis, as well as the more than 130 hostages still held captive by Hamas in the Gaza Strip following the October 7th attack in Israel.
This was followed by an interview of Rahola conducted on stage by CAM Director of Hispanic Outreach Shay Salamon, and the event concluded with an emotional rendition of Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem.
Prominent guests included Gabriel Gurméndez Armand-Ugon, presidential candidate for the Colorado Party, and Councilor Liliana Bernárdez de Antia, wife of the mayor of the nearby city of Maldonado.
CAM’s outreach in Latin America began more than two years ago, and since then it has worked diligently to build meaningful partnerships and friendships with influential leaders, lawmakers, community organizations, and civil society activists from a diverse assortment of religious, political and cultural backgrounds in the region to combat the world’s oldest hatred together.
During this time, CAM en Español has emerged as an important voice in the battle against antisemitism in Latin America, with a growing coalition engaged in impactful activities in countries including Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, and Guatemala, among others.