The PUENTES Leadership & Resiliency Fellowship is an immersive ten-month program designed to cultivate the potential of Latin-Jewish leaders. It fosters a collaborative learning environment where fellows can connect with peers, exploring the fusion of Latin and Jewish cultures. The fellowship aims to enhance personal leadership philosophies, deepen understanding of intersectionality, and address internalized oppression. By engaging with educators and stories from both backgrounds, participants gain resilience-building skills, expand their community involvement, and emerge as empowered leaders ready to effect change.
Dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding and connection among communities, we create dynamic in-person and virtual events that honor Latin-Jewish heritage and promote cultural pride. Our programs prioritize identity wellness and invite participants to delve into the complexities of intersectionality and multicultural coexistence. We invite you to partake in our offerings, which include community feasts, culinary workshops, film showings, and rejuvenating retreats, available in various locations. Engage with us as we celebrate diversity and nurture collective wisdom through these enriching experiences.
Driven by the diverse ways to explore and nurture a rich, multicultural identity, we develop educational offerings that resonate with and support cultural continuity. Our resources and Torah-learning series encourage community members to enrich their understanding of Jewish scriptures, holidays, values, and rituals, while integrating Latin American literature, historical insights, and cultural elements. To promote inclusive and cross-generational learning, all our materials are available in multiple languages, paving the way for broad participation and conversation.
The VOCES Project is our initiative dedicated to constructing a collective Latin-Jewish archive, enriched with personal narratives from individuals who identify with both cultures. We invite all community members to contribute their unique experiences of embracing a multicultural identity by submitting stories that illustrate their personal journeys and the narratives they wish to impart. This project is an open call for voices eager to document and share the richness of a dual heritage.
AYNI Processing Circles are virtual gatherings designed to offer community members a space to mourn, heal, and commemorate loss while incorporating elements of Latin and Jewish life rituals. Taking the name from the Quechua concept of "Ayni," which translates to "today for you, tomorrow for me," these gatherings celebrate the time-honored principle of reciprocal support and the compassionate act of being present for each other. The circles convene in times of shared sorrow or upon request, providing a carefully guided experience that emphasizes wellness and the use of breathwork techniques to promote healing.