Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn

Temple Israel of Greater Kansas City | Prairie Village, Kansas | 46 years old
Reform | Hebrew Union College

“I met Rabbi Cukierkorn this year, 30 years after discovering my Sephardic Jewish roots. I spent 30 years investigating my surname, searching the archives, hearing stories of family and how we come to Costa Rica and why. That was 30 years of receiving “NO” for an answer every time I tried to get close to the Jewish community in my country, Costa Rica. I have no doubt of who I am. I found Rabbi Cukierkorn with one hand ready to take me to the Path of Abraham our father. Jacques Cukierkorn is my Jewish hero, the kind man who answered the door.”

—GUSTAVO RAMIREZ CALDERON (also nominated by 15 others)

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