B’nai B’rith Special Advisor on Latin American Affairs Meets Government and Jewish Community Leaders in Costa Rica
(Costa Rica, Oct. 21, 2021)--Adriana Camisar, B’nai B’rith International’s special advisor on Latin American and U.N. Affairs and deputy director of AJIRI-BBI (the American Jewish International Relations Institute, an affiliate of B’nai B’rith), recently met with Costa Rican government officials and leaders of the Jewish community to discuss issues of concern to B’nai B’rith and the Jewish community at large.
Camisar attended a reception at the residence of Israeli ambassador to Costa Rica Oren Bar-El, in honor of Isaac Assa, the founder of the Israel-Latin American Network (ILAN), an initiative aimed at strengthening ties between Israel and Latin American countries through Israeli innovation and entrepreneurship. The reception marked the beginning of ILAN’s work in Costa Rica, something B’nai B’rith fully supports.
In a meeting with First Lady Claudia Vanessa Dobles Camargo and Deputy Foreign Minister Christian Guillermet, Camisar discussed issues of mutual concern for the Costa Rican government and B’nai B’rith, including Costa Rica’s role at the United Nations.
Camisar also met with the president of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights, Justice Elizabeth Odio Benito, and discussed several issues of concern to B’nai B’rith, including the AMIA bombing case—the terrorist attack on the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina building in 1994 that killed 85 and wounded more than 300, which is currently under the consideration of the court.
Finally, Camisar met with leaders of the local Jewish community, including President of B’nai B’rith Costa Rica Joseph Gabriel and B’nai B’rith members Silvana Botbol Gabriel and Kiko Lang, to inform them about B’nai B’rith’s activities and to learn more about the wonderful work they do in Costa Rica.
Accompanying Camisar in the meetings were Monica Nagel, former minister of justice of Costa Rica and a longtime B’nai B’rith member; Tobias Schifter, member of the board of AJIRI-BBI and a native of Costa Rica; and Renee and Yosi Sofer, prominent members of the Panamanian Jewish community.