Broward County leaders took a strong stand against antisemitism as leaders from United Way, Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, Mujeres Latinas and the Jewish Federation of Broward County teamed up to host a groundbreaking town hall. The event, titled “Stronger Together: Broward’s Latin Community Combats Antisemitism,” was the first-of-its-kind forum to address this crucial issue.
The free and public event began with opening remarks from Dr. Marcelo Castro, Associate Dean, School of Criminal Justice/Professor at Nova Southeastern University, followed by Ana Valladares, President/CEO of Mujeres Latinas, who emphasized the significance of the forum in educating the community about antisemitism and ways to combat it. The panel discussion was expertly moderated by Johanna Vega Barnett, Chair of Mujeres Latinas Broward and Hispanic-Jewish Leader, who guided the conversation with a panel of distinguished guests, each offering valuable insights into the fight against antisemitism.
The panelists included:
- Liat Altman, Regional Director of Latin American Affairs at the Anti-Defamation League
- Evan Goldman, Executive Director, Public Affairs at Jewish Federation of Broward County
- Wendi Lipsich, Director of Special Projects at the American Jewish Committee
- Maria Hernández, Chief Program Officer, United Way of Broward County
Following the thought-provoking discussion, an interactive Q&A session was held where the panelists and attendees exchanged ideas. The event concluded with a closing statement from Silvia Quintana, CEO of Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, who emphasized the importance of community collaboration in combating antisemitism.