AFTER A SUCCESSFUL LATIN-JEWISH CENTER OPENED IN NEW YORK CITY, THE EVER-GROWING LATIN-JEWISH COMMUNITY IN SOUTH FLORIDA, FULL OF VENEZUELANS, ARGENTINES, MEXICANS AND OTHERS, HAS DECIDED TO DO SIMILARLY BUT WITH A PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING FOCUS, CREATING THE JOYFUL AND WELCOMING LATIN JEWISH CONNECTIONS.
Latin Jewish Connections, a non-profit organization, was launched last March at a cocktail reception at Addison House in Miami. The organization, created by professionals for professionals, is the first and only business and commercial network for Latin-American Jews residing in South Florida. Latin Jewish Connections’ founders had a clear vision to create an entity in which professionals and business people from a variety of backgrounds and industries could meet to network, exchange ideas, participate in events targeted towards entrepreneurs and business owners, and help others locate business and employment opportunities.
The founders and directors of the group are Joel Anidjar of Action Public Adjusters, Lotty Baum of Jewish Way Magazine, Miguel Eidelman, an international banking and finance professional, Daniel Naim of Naim Development LLC, and Lea Salama DiMitri, an attorney at Behar Law Group. Even though they have all been living in the United States for several years, they realized that there was a need within the South Florida Latin-Jewish business community. Latin Jewish Connections was created to offer opportunities for commercial and professional interaction to newly arrived immigrants as well as established professionals and business entrepreneurs.
Latin Jewish Connections was created to offer opportunities for commercial and professional interaction.
Latin Jewish Connections offers a unique opportunity for members to enhance their commercial profile, expand their business’ visibility and cement relationships with others in the region. At the same time, members can socialize, share experiences, exchange information, refer business opportunities to one another, and learn about a variety of topics which affect business owners in the United States.
Since March, there have been successful monthly networking events which have featured renowned speakers, such as distinguished Rabbi Pynchas Brener, Venezuelan radio personality Lourdes Ubieta, certified public accountant and tax advisor Daniel Bengio, social media expert Neron Meiler, and media professional Leah Soibel of “Fuente Latina,” all of whom shared their experiences throughout their careers and provided insights on current issues and events. The organization is very grateful to the event hosts who have generously opened the doors to their businesses. The hosts have included Aventura ParkSquare, Habitus, Addison House and Addison Kids, Veneta Cucine, and Vi Living. The highlight of the summer season was the event at Aventura ParkSquare with over 90 people in attendance at the July cocktail reception. Guests at the event were able to view and learn about this new, mixed-use, real estate project to be situated in the heart of Aventura.
Latin Jewish Connections has launched a website where members can stay abreast on the organization’s activities and have access to an exclusive digital directory. In December, the organization is planning to have an end-of-year event for its members as well as the community and it looks forward to increasing its reach and visibility in 2016.