Adela Smeke Mizrahi
Hola! Adela was born into an Orthodox Sephardi family in Mexico City, where she grew up. She has always loved volunteering in and being a part of community projects. While a university student Adela founded the Mexican Federation ofJewish Students and then went on to help found the Latam Jewish Federation, holding the role of vice president in both organizations. It was around this time that she also became involved with international Jewish organizations, such as WUJS, AJC, and WJC. Currently she is member of the excecutive committee of the WJC and and of the Jewish Diplomatic Corp, where she leads many initiatives revolving around issues such as gender equality, legacy of the Holocaust, and establishment of long term relationships with the Abraham Accords countries. Adela has a B.A. in education, dedicating some ten years to being a high school teacher, as well as an M.A. in human studies. She is currently working towards a second graduate degree in religion, culture, and peace studies at UN’s University of Peace. Adela was recently awarded the Jewish Community of Mexico’s prestigious Herzl Prize for her efforts on behalf of Israel and the Jewish communities around the world. She also holds a Ph.D Honoris Causa from Instituto Kinneret de México, for her impact on Jewish affairs and her efforts in relation to Holocaust remembrance. She continues to be a very active member in the Mexican Jewish community and worldwide, holding some ten board positions in various organizations and is currently the director of Instruments of Hope that seeks to rescue musical instruments belonging to Holocaust survivors. Adela is married and is mother to Jack, 5, Manuel, 2, and Moises, 1.