Philos Latino

Our mission

Philos Latino aims to reach and engage Hispanics in the U.S. and Latin America to empower them to advocate for Israel and to positively engage on issues concerning the Near East.

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Our Objectives

  1. 1

    Media Creation

    We represent the Hispanic Christian voice in the media in matters pertaining to Israel and the Near East through radio, podcast, social media, and mainstream media platforms.

  2. 2

    Grassroots Organization

    We started the Yo Soy Parte (I belong) movement, a Hispanic-led grassroots movement that promotes the concepts of incarnational advocacy and solidarity with the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

  3. 3

    Education

    We create resources for Christians and Latinos to better understand the biblical history, culture, archaeology, and geopolitics of the nations and communities in the Near East.

What we've been up to recently

Philos Conecta

Every Wednesday at 8pm EST through Facebook and Youtube, we host our radio program where Jesse Rojo, the director of Philos Latino, interviews guests on a variety of topics relating to Christianity and the Near East.

Cosechas de Lluvia

Our team documented a humanitarian project in partnership with MASHAV through the Israeli Embassy in Guatemala and USAID where we built water harvesting tanks for impoverished communities in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

Israel Acapella Docu-series

We are in the process of creating a 4-to-6 part docu-series on the Holocaust and Jewish diaspora in Latin America.

Yo Soy Parte Protest

In January, we organized a protest in front of the Spanish consulate in New York City with local NYC Hispanic leaders to stand in solidarity with descendants of Inquisition survivors who are suffering multi-year delays & unjustified denials.

Responded to antisemitic attacks

The Philos Latino team is part of the Philos Action League, a group of individuals dedicated to showing up to the site of an antisemitic attack in solidarity with our Jewish friends.

Jesse Rojo Deputy Director of Engagement Jesse Rojo is the Deputy Director of Engagement at The Philos Project. A native New Yorker of Dominican descent, Jesse holds a BA in Theological Studies from Hyles-Anderson College. He has pioneered bilingual programs to engage and educate the Christian Hispanic community on Israel-related issues, including educational initiatives, alumni networks, and a nationwide leadership conference. In 2016, Jesse founded Israel A Cappella, an initiative to allow Hispanic Christians to connect with the land of Israel through the experiences and testimony of Christian music artists. In addition to his work at The Philos Project, Jesse is a part of Tim Keller's international church-planting network, Redeemer City-to-City, and is in the progress of planting a bilingual church among immigrant and native communities in Yonkers, New York. His work has been published in The Christian Post and Contexto Media.
Rebeca Cruz Assistant Deputy Director of Engagement Rebeca “Becky” Cruz is the Assistant Deputy Director of Engagement at The Philos Project. Rebeca was born in El Salvador and moved to the United States when she was seven years old. She attended Valley Forge Christian College, studying social work. In 2010 she Graduated from the Latin American Bible Theological Institute (ITLA), Assemblies of God in Wayne NJ, studying pastoral ministries. Prior to working at The Philos Project, Rebeca served as the Promotion Director Assistant in a Spanish-speaking Christian Radio Station. She is a pastor's daughter and the youngest of four children. Due to her upbringing, Rebeca has forged a passion and love for serving in the ministry and serving in the community. She now resides in New Jersey with her two daughters Annalyn and Elizabeth.
Matthew Garces Associate Network Director Matthew Garces is an Associate Network Director at the Philos Project. Matthew graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in International Affairs and Political Science and a minor in French. In 2018, Matthew participated in the Philos Leadership Institute and had the opportunity to travel to Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank while engaging with topics such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, Jewish-Christian relations, and the persecuted Church in the Near East.

Prior to working at the Philos Project, Matthew worked with a nonprofit where he mentored dozens of college students as well as spoke in front of hundreds of people at college campuses and conferences on issues relating to Israel and antisemitism.

In his free time, you can find Matthew spending time with his wife, traveling, playing video games, or cracking the occasional dad joke.

Join us at upcoming events!

Nosotros 2022

In partnership with Yeshiva University, we will be hosting an art exhibit showcasing the historic and modern connection between Latinos and Jews. This will be the 6th Nosotros we have hosted. Information coming soon!

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Get in touch. 

Jesse Rojo

Director of Philos Latino

jesse@philosproject.org