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Rabbi Carlos A. Tapiero

Deputy-Director General

ORGANISATION: Maccabi World Union

Rabbi Carlos Tapiero is the Deputy-Director General and the Director of Education of Maccabi World Union, an organisation with half-million members in 400 branches across 70 countries, which utilises sports to bring Jewish people of all ages closer to Judaism and Israel. For a dozen years, he served as CEO and Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Guatemala.

Tapiero completed the prestigious Jerusalem Fellows Programme, and is presently working on his Doctoral Thesis in Sociology. He lectures on numerous topics in the USA, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Israel, and his experience ranges over much of the theoretical and practical nexus of modern Jewish community organisation and sports: community and institutional direction and organisation; network building; Judaism as culture; writing and implementation of educational curricula for all ages (children, teenagers, adults) and endowment funds.

Born in Argentina in 1962, Tapiero’s general and specific Jewish education was gained in Israel, Argentina, Guatemala and the USA, with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Bible, General Philosophy & Contemporary Jewry (specialised in Jewish Education & Holocaust Studies) and his smichah as a Rabbi was awarded by the Schechter Institute of Jerusalem. He is married to Ronit Emek-Ya, and they have three children: Rafael, Liat and Nir.


The speakers

Using the unique power of sport to bring people together, the Olympism in Action Forum sees a range of global players, including Olympic Movement stakeholders, athletes, private and public sector leaders, NGO representatives, academics, artists and the media come together to talk on topical contemporary issues. Chosen because of their ability to effect change and their wide range of sometimes differing opinions, the speakers will lead lively debates and seek to challenge received wisdom to inspire new ways of thinking.

Meet the speakers.
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