Over the course of two classes, we will explore how two cadres of Jews in South America, rabbis and artists, resisted the dictatorships of the Southern Cone. The first class will explain the role of the Jewish rabbinate during the dictatorships of Argentina and Chile, and the impact of these dynamics on Rav Claudia Kreiman’s own perspective as a Latina rabbi in the U.S.A. today. The second class will explore how Jewish women in Argentina and Chile wove memories of the Holocaust into contemporary cultural representations of the dictatorship, as they spoke truth to national policies of violence and silence. Teacher bios are detailed below the registration.
Rabbi Claudia Kreiman is Rabbi at Temple Beth Zion’s in Brookline, MA. Rav Claudia grew up in Santiago, Chile, where her father, Rabbi Angel Kreiman-Brill was the Chief Rabbi of Chile. Her experience growing up under the repression of the Chilean dictatorship inspired her work for social justice from a young age. Rav Claudia’s involvement at Camp Ramah in Chile was also pivotal to her early development of self. Post-high school, Rav Claudia moved to Argentina with her family. In Argentina, Rav Claudia began to engage deeply with Judaism, both as a learner and as a teacher. She studied at the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano, and taught in different synagogues and schools in the Jewish community. In 1994, Rav Claudia’s mother, Susy Wolynski Kreiman, was killed in the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) bombing in Buenos Aires, along with 84 other victims. The death of Rav Claudia’s mother in the attack was one of the most traumatic and shocking experiences of her life. Her mother Susy was a committed teacher and social work, and inspired Rav Claudia to honor her legacy by committing herself to Jewish education. Full bio: https://www.tbzbrookline.
Dalia Wassner is a Research Associate and the Director of the Project in Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute of Brandeis University. She writes on feminist cultural responses to violence in a trans-Atlantic frame, collective memory and memory politics, and cultural connections between Jews and other minorities in Latin American processes of national democratization. Her first book, Harbinger of Modernity: Marcos Aguinis and the Democratization of Argentina (Boston: Brill, 2014), illuminates the intersection of Jews and public intellectuals in bringing democracy to post-dictatorship Argentina. Dr. Wassner holds a Ph.D. in History from Northeastern University, an M.Phil. in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of New York, and M.A.’s in History and Latin American Studies from Stanford University. Dr. Wassner has taught Latin American Jewish History at Brandeis. She has also developed courses in Women’s Studies, Latin American Studies, and Jewish Studies, most recently at Emerson College, Boston University, and Brandeis University.