Chilean Jews are Chileans residing in the Republic of Chile who are of either Jewish ancestry or observe the Jewish faith.
In the 2012 Chilean
census, 16,294 Chilean residents listed their religion as Judaism, an increase of 8.8% since 2002. [1 ] The actual Jewish community in Chile is estimated to be slightly larger. [2 ] [3 ] Chilean Jews are found across the country, although the majority live in the cities of [4 ] Santiago and Valparaíso, and are predominantly found in higher-paying professions and all walks of public life. The Chilean Jewish population decreased in the political turmoil of the 1970s and 1980s, but their identity as Jews in Chile remains. Most Chilean Jews are [5 ] Ashkenazim. Here is a list of some prominent Chilean Jews.
Sportspeople [ edit ]
Other notable Chileans of Jewish descent [ edit ]
Leonardo Farkas, businessman and philanthropist
Marjorie Agosín, human rights activist, professor, and writer [11 ]
Shai Agosin, TV producer and presenter [12 ]
Mordo Alvo, physician and member of the scientific academy Instituto de Chile [13 ]
José Berdichewsky, Pinochet's Ambassador in Israel [14 ]
Eduardo Bitrán, former Minister of Public Works [15 ]
Claudio Bunster, scientist (Jewish mother) [16 ]
Cristopher Carpentier, chef (converted to Judaism) [17 ]
Fernando Cassorla, physician and member of the scientific academy Instituto de Chile [13 ]
Jacques Chonchol, Minister of Agriculture in the Allende government [8 ]
Leopoldo Donnebaum, businessman and philanthropist
Ariel Dorfman, author and scholar [18 ]
Roberto Dueñas, modeling agent [19 ]
Christián Apablaza, Photographer, Graphic artist
Julián Elfenbein, journalist, television host [20 ]
Efrain Friedman, director of Chilean Atomic Research Committee [8 ]
Benjamín Galemiri, playwright [21 ]
Rodrigo Guendelman, journalist [20 ] Clarisa Hardy, psychologist; former (2006-2007) Minister of Planning
Rodrigo Hinzpeter, politician
Tomás Hirsch, politician, businessman [23 ]
Jeremías Israel, motoracing driver (Jewish father) [24 ]
Mauricio Israel, television host [20 ]
Claudio Jodorkovsky, rabbi [25 ]
Alejandro Jodorowsky, film director (Chilean-born) [26 ]
Alberto van Klaveren, (2006–2009) Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations [22 ]
José Klein, former owner of Minera Santa Barbara [27 ]
Marcelo Kormis, rabbi [25 ]
Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco, TV host [6 ]
Vivi Kreutzberger, television host [6 ]
Marcos Libedinsky, former president of the Supreme Court of Justice [28 ]
Alejandro Lipschuetz, anthropologist and endocrinologist [8 ]
Sergio Melnick, economist, Minister of ODEPLAN under Pinochet [29 ]
Lily Pérez, politician [30 ]
Daniel Platovsky, businessman, politician, and eldest son of Milan Platovsky (Jewish father) [31 ]
Milan Platovsky, Holocaust survivor and businessman who wrote a best-selling autobiography [31 ]
Andy Pollack, jazz musician [8 ]
Karen Poniachik, journalist; former Minister of Mining and Energy [22 ]
Sarika Rodrik, fashion designer [32 ]
Frank Sauerbaum, politician
Daniel Schidlow, Dean, Drexel University College of Medicine, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. (Chilean born) [33 ]
Leon Schidlowsky, music teacher and composer
Miguel Schweitzer Speisky, Pinochet's Minister of Justice [14 ] [34 ]
Miguel Schweitzer Walters, Pinochet's Minister of External Affairs and ambassador to the UK [14 ] [34 ]
Jorge Schaulsohn, politician [35 ]
Gabriel Silber, deputy [36 ]
Jacob Stoulman Bortnik, businessman, kidnapped by DINA during the Operacion Condor plan in Argentina [27 ]
Víctor Tevah, fiddler [8 ]
Marcelo Tokman, Minister of Energy [37 ]
Julián Vainstein, rabbi [25 ]
José Weinstein, Minister of Culture under Ricardo Lagos [38 ]
Jaime Wisnaik, director of department of engineering at the Catholic University of Santiago [8 ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Censo: Comunidad Judía duda de las cifras sobre sus fieles
^ Poblaciones actuales de judíos.
^ Los judíos residentes en Chile
^ (Spanish) Judios en Chile.
^ a b c d e f  page 48: "Chile's best-known actors are Jewish , including Shlomit Baytelman, Alejandro Cohen, Anita Klesky, Jael Unger"
^ Daniel Emilfork obituary - Times Online
^ a b c d e f g The Virtual Jewish History Tour - Chile
^ Nicolas Massu
^ The Jewish Chronicle
^ VG: Artist Biography: Agosin, Majorie
^ La palabra israelita, Entrevista., a letter by Enrique Vainroj, August 24, 2007.
^ a b Instituto de Chile
^ a b c The Jewish Experience under Military Dictators in Chile and Argentina during 1970s and 1980s
^ La palabra israelita, , September 29, 2006. Ministro Eduardo Bitrán en el Mercaz.
^ Volodia Teitelboim.
^ Cristopher Carpentier. Interview in Spanish
^ Roberto Dueñas. Article in Spanish
^ a b c Julián Elfenbein. Article in Spanish
^ Untitled Document
^ a b c Most Jewish gov’t outside Israel – in Chile - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews
^ Tomás Hirsch.
^ Jeremías Israel. Article in Spanish
^ a b c Monthly Report
^ Alejandro Jodorowsky
^ a b La Ultima Gran Operacion De La Dina:
^ The Jewish Experience under Military Dictators in Chile and Argentina during 1970s and 1980s
^ Manifestaciones, marchas y caminatas de solidaridad con el Estado de Israel
^ a b Milan Platovsky.
^ Sarika Rodrik La Tercera ::: Mujer.
^ Daniel Schidlow.
^ a b Miguel Schweitzer.
^ Detalle noticia
^ Gabriel Silber.
^ Iton Gadol
^ Revista QuéPasa
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