Poverty Among the Jewish Population in Latin America: A Challenge for Communities in the Region

August 31, 2000

In this article from the B’Nai B’Rrith Center for Public Policy, Bernardo Kliksberg, the coordinator of the Inter-American Development Bank and the president of the Human Development Commission of the Latin American Jewish Congress at the time, describes the pervasive poverty in Latin America. He particularly discusses the struggle of a large impoverished segment of the Jewish population in Latin America and how they have been affected by what he calls "the decline of the middle class." Kliksberg touches on the social polarization of the Jewish people, as well as the religious foundations of the Jewish fight against poverty. He ends with a challenge to the Jewish populations and organizations in Latin America to address the systemic causes of this poverty.

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