Latino and Jewish students cross boundaries, learn cultures

  • May 22, 2013

Youth Ambassadors discuss stereotypes at Taller Boricua Puerto Rican Art Space

Over the course of three Sundays, Latino and Jewish high school students had the opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures and their shared American heritage as Latino-Jewish Youth Ambassadors.  Students visited sites of cultural significance including Taller Borricua, a Latino art space in the historic Barrio section of New York and the Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History.  Through conversation with docents and artists, engagement in ADL A World of Difference Institute™ activities exploring cultural heritage and assumptions, and informal conversations, the Youth Ambassadors actively broke down barriers, learned about the importance of intergroup conversation, and developed lasting friendships.  Youth Ambassadors were selected to participate by members of ADL’s New York Latino-Jewish Roundtable to encourage interaction, cooperation, and understanding between the next generations of Latinos and Jews in New York.