B´nai B´rith Attends Installations of New Government Ministers in Uruguay, Interfaith Celebration in the Cathedral of Montevideo With President Luis Lacalle Pou
B’nai B’rith Director of Latin American Affairs Eduardo Kohn attended several ceremonies in Uruguay where new government ministers were formally installed. Uruguay’s new president, Luis Lacalle Pou, took office on March 1st.
Among the installation ceremonies Kohn attended was that of Uruguay’s new interior minister, Jorge Larrañaga, who traveled to Israel in late 2018 as part of a mission organized by B’nai B’rith for Latin American political leaders. Kohn also attended the ceremony where Javier García took office as defense minister. The Uruguayan army has undertaken several peace missions as a member of the United Nations in the last 50 years. Two of them, in the Sinai and the Golan Heights, were in the Middle East.
Another ceremony Kohn attended was in the foreign ministry. There, Ernesto Talvi took office as minister and Carolina Ache as vice minister.
Kohn also attended the ceremony where German Cardoso became tourism minister. Cardoso also traveled to Israel in late 2018 in a mission organized by B’nai B’rith for political leaders of Latin America.
Later in the day, there was an interfaith ceremony in the Montevideo Cathedral hosted by Cardinal Daniel Sturla, who delivered a keynote speech at B’nai B’rith’s Kristallnacht commemoration in 2015, together with Christian pastors and Rabbis Daniel Dolinsky (Conservative) and Max Godet (Orthodox). More than 1000 people, including President Lacalle Pou and several ministers, packed the cathedral. The ceremony was a “interfaith prayer for the betterment and growing of Uruguay”. It was also an historical event that an Orthodox rabbi played the shofar in the Cathedral of Montevideo. In addition to Kohn, B’nai B’rith was represented by the executive committee.