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Two Esteemed Guests to visit the Jewish Cultural and Community Center

By Carole J Stone

The Comunidad Hebrea En San Miguel de Allende (CHESMA) is proud to announce the visit of Rabbi Felipe Yafe February 1–3. Rabbi Yafe will lead a weekend-long Shabbaton at the Jewish Cultural and Community Center (JC3).

Yafe, who hails from Argentina, has been director and dean of the Marshall T. Meyer Seminario Rabínico Latinoaméricano, where he was originally ordained and is currently a teacher. He earned his BA in Bible and History of the Jewish People at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD in Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary in the US. He served for five years as Rabbi at the Centro Unión Israelita in Córdoba, Argentina and founded the Bet Hilel community there, where he worked for 25 years. He was the leader of the kehila (local Jewish elected council) of Mendoza, Argentina. He has also been a Rabbi in the Atid Community of Barcelona, Spain and in the Community of Barbados. He is also the cofounder of the Free University of Jewish Studies in Argentina.

A member of Masorti Olami, the worldwide conservative movement, Yafe was one of five rabbis who traveled to Patagonia to support Jewish soldiers who suffered anti-Semitic attacks while fighting for Argentina during the Falklands War.

On Tuesday, February 5, at 4pm, the JC3 is happy to host Jon Allen, Canada’s ambassador to Israel from 2006 to 2010. He will address the topic: “The Israeli-Palestine Conflict: Is the Two-State Solution Dead?”

Allen will run through a brief history of the conflict and explain the origins of the concerns and fears of both the Palestinians and Israelis. He will also describe the current and rather depressing state of events and will explain his views on why a two-state solution under current leadership is not possible. He ends on a higher note, suggesting that under different leadership, and given the alternatives, the two-state solution remains.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Allen received a degree in international law from the University of London. In addition to postings abroad in México City, New Delhi, and Washington, Allen spent his early career in the Legal Bureau where he represented Canada in disputes under the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement and worked in the areas of human rights, humanitarian and environmental law.

Allen was also director general of the North America Bureau, the minister of political affairs at the Embassy of Canada in Washington DC, and, more recently, assistant deputy minister for the Americas. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Canadian ambassador to Israel, and then he became Canada’s ambassador to Spain and Andorra. He also was the chargé d’affaires to the Holy See from December 2012 to July 2014.

Visit our web site at or call 185 9191 for more information and to make reservations.


Kabbalat Shabbat service

Fri, Feb 1, 6pm

With d’rash presented by the Rabbi

Community dinner following

250 pesos members

300 pesos nonmembers

Reservation necessary no later than Wednesday, January 30.


Shacharit service

Sat, Feb 2, 9am

Led by the Rabbi

(All services are free)

Mincha / Ma’ariv service 6pm, Havdalah service 7pm


Lecture and Discussion

“Where was God during the Shoa (Holocaust)?”

Sun, Feb 3, 10:30am


150 pesos members

200 pesos nonmembers

Tickets on sale at JC3 and at the door.



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