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Amram Scholar Series Presents: Graciela Mochkofsky

The Prophet of the Andes: An Unlikely Journey to the Promised Land

Sunday January 8, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Hybrid – Temple

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WHC welcomes Graciela Mochkofsky to the Amram Scholar Series on Sunday, January 8 at Temple.

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About the Book

The true sto­ry of how one Peru­vian car­pen­ter led hun­dreds of Chris­tians to Judaism spark­ing a pil­grim­age from the Andes to Israel and inspir­ing a wave of emerg­ing Latin Amer­i­can Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ties. When Segun­do Vil­lanue­va, born in 1927 in a farm­ing vil­lage in the Andes, lost his father at 17, he was left with a Bible as his inher­i­tance. This Bible launched him on a life­long obses­sion to find the true mes­sage of God con­tained in its pages. He looked for answers out­side the Catholic Church, and over years of reli­gious study, he explored var­i­ous Protes­tant sects and found­ed his own com­mu­ni­ty in the Ama­zon jun­gle before dis­cov­er­ing a ver­sion of Judaism he pieced togeth­er inde­pen­dent­ly from his read­ings of the Old Tes­ta­ment. His makeshift syn­a­gogue began to draw in crowds of fer­vent believ­ers. Then, in a series of extra­or­di­nary events, Israeli rab­bis con­vert­ed them and reset­tled them on the West Bank. Segundo’s jour­ney made him an unlike­ly pio­neer for a new kind of Judaism, one that is now attract­ing mass­es of peo­ple across Latin America.

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About the Author

Gra­ciela Mochkof­sky is the author of six books of non­fic­tion in Span­ish. She is a con­tribut­ing writer for The New York­er. Her work has appeared in The Cal­i­for­nia Sun­day Mag­a­zineThe Paris Review, the Jew­ish For­ward, and numer­ous pub­li­ca­tions in Latin Amer­i­ca and Spain. She was a Nie­man Fel­low at Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty, a Cull­man fel­low at the New York Pub­lic Library, and a Prins Foun­da­tion fel­low at the Cen­ter for Jew­ish His­to­ry. She is the found­ing direc­tor of the bilin­gual jour­nal­ism pro­gram at CUNY’s New­mark J-School. She lives in New York City.

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

Amram Scholar Series Presents: Graciela Mochkofsky

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Sunday, January 8


10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Hybrid – Temple


Adult Ed, Amram, Lecture


Marsha Humphries