The Embassy of Israel hosted Dr. Racelle Weiman, in cooperation with the De La Salle University for a series of lectures last November.
Dr. Weiman is a recipient of Order of Lakandula, one of the highest orders given by the Philippine government, for her efforts to create awareness of the little-known role of the Philippines and former President Manuel Quezon played in saving Holocaust-fleeing Jews.
Dr. Weiman is the Director of the Dialogue Institute at Temple Unviersity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a consultant to prominent media organizations such as the BBC. She has also been consulted for the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Organizational Committee for World Conference on Inter-Religious and Inter-Civilization Dialogue.
The Embassy also hosted a reception in her honor, as she discussed the undiscovered history of the Philippines, in front of invited members of the government, the diplomatic and consular corps, media and Jewish community.
Ambassador Menashe Bar-On (middle) with Dr. Racelle Weiman (right) and Ms. Carla Limcaoco, Honorary Consul for Sweden in the Philippines
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies from UCLA and a master’s and doctorate from Temple University in religion and the Holocaust. Her post-doctoral research includes Fletchers’ School of Diplomacy at Tufts University in conflict resolution, exploring the religious elements in conflict, and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard University.
In 2011, Dr. Weiman visited the Philippines to pursue her research on the efforts of the Quezon family in saving Jews from Europe and the Filipinos’ kind reception of them.
This year, she will be sharing her experiences and knowledge with the students of De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, St. Scholastica's College, and the University of the Philippines.