In an effort to combat growing anti-Jewish sentiment, a position much aided by Israel's recent controversial actions in Gaza, and simultaneously reach out to a community in need, Latin American Jewish Congress President Jack Terpins spoke out in Caracas, declaring his intention to strengthen inter-religious dialog throughout the middle east and Latin America.
The Latin American Jewish Congress is holding its General Assembly in Venezuela "to strengthen the link with a community in difficulties. World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder is scheduled to address the meeting in the Venezuelan capital, which began on Sunday. Lauder is expected to raise the issue of anti-Semitism and of the threat posed by Iran.
LAJC officials will meet on Tuesday with Venezuela's Vice-President Nicolás Maduro. In December, President Hugo Chávez declared that Maduro would serve as interim president in case he could assume his new term in office because of his recurring illness. Chávez is currently recovering from a cancer surgery in Cuba.
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