|May 5, 2012 -- Washington, D.C. -- AJC, the premier global Jewish advocacy organization, has signed association agreements with the Jewish communities of El Salvador and Guatemala. The signings took place during the AJC Global Forum.|
"This agreement is the result of many years of cooperation with AJC,” said Moises Sabbaj, representing the Guatemala Jewish community.
With these two agreements, AJC has concluded 10 association agreements with communities across Latin America, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.
"We are very pleased to have signed with AJC,” said Jean Claude Kahn, honorary president of the El Salvador Jewish community. “AJC always helps our Jewish community constructively."
Kahn, in particular, expressed appreciation for AJC’s assistance in helping to arrange for Yad VaShem recognition of Salvadoran diplomat Col. Jose Arturo Catellanos as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. Catellanos provided 40,000 visas to Jewish refugees, saving them from the Nazis by issuing Salvadoran birth certificates
AJC President Robert Elman attended the ceremony in San Salvador in July 2010, when Israel presented the posthumous honor.
“The growing network of close and cooperative relationships with Jewish communities, of all sizes, around the world is a hallmark of AJC’s global advocacy work and commitment to the interconnectedness and well-being of the Jewish people,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris.
AJC today has 31 agreements with Jewish communities and student organizations around the world.