(JTA) — The World Jewish Congress elected Argentine businessman Adrian Werthein as president of its Latin American branch, the Latin American Jewish Congress.
Werthein was elected Sunday at the WJC’s Plenary Assembly in New York City to succeed Jack Terpins, who has led the organization since 2001 and became its first honorary president. He is the first Argentine to head the Latin American Jewish Congress in 20 years; he served as an adviser to Terpins.
The umbrella group, which represents 21 Jewish communities, has its headquarters in Buenos Aires. Its last Argentine president was Ruben Beraja in 1998. Argentina .
President Mauricio Macri of Argentina, which has the largest Jewish population in Latin America, sent Werthein a letter of congratulations.
El Presidente @mauriciomacri felicitó a través de una carta a @AdrianWerthein, Presidente electo del Congreso Judío Latinoamericano. pic.twitter.com/Nl8Zri6eBO — Congreso Judío Latam (@CongresoJudio) April 23, 2017
Werthein, 65, is a member of a large family with a long history of involvement in business and social activities. The family is involved in supporting Jewish charitable organizations, including Tzedaka and ORT Argentina.