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Peter E. Tarlow

Peter E. Tarlow is the Executive Director of the Center for Latino-Jewish Relations. He previously served as the director and Rabbi of Texas A&M Hillel for thirty years until his retirement, when he became its Rabbi Emeritus. Tarlow came to Texas A&M Hillel from Santiago, Chile.

Tarlow is also a world-renowned speaker and expert specializing in the impact of crime and terrorism on the tourism industry, event and tourism risk management, and tourism and economic development. Since 1990, Tarlow has been aiding the tourism business community with issues such as travel safety and security, economic development, creative marketing, and thought.

Tarlow has been a chaplain for the College Station, Texas Police Department since 1988. Tarlow also worked with the Bryan, Texas Federal Prison Camp as the Jewish chaplain from 1987 until the COVID pandemic in 2020.

In 2016, Texas Governor Gregg Abbot named Tarlow the Chairman of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. Tarlow finished his term as Chairman in 2019. In April 2013, Tarlow served as the Special Envoy for the Office of Chancellor of the Texas A&M system, John Sharp, and represented the Texas A&M system around the world.

Tarlow writes a weekly bilingual social religious commentary that is read throughout the United States and Latin American, and a monthly Jewish philosophy column for his hometown newspaper The Eagle. He speaks at conferences all over the world in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Tarlow helps emerging Jewish communities throughout the Spanish-speaking world, and he is currently working with Jewish communities in Bolivia, Mexico, and Peru. He is an expert on Sephardic and Crypto-Jewish history and lectures on Sephardic history and culture, and Crypto-Jewish studies in conjunction with universities, and Jewish and Latino organizations throughout the Southwestern United States . He also lectures on the impact of the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions on both European and American Jewry.

Tarlow has appeared on national televised programs such as Dateline: NBC and on CNBC and is a regular guest on radio stations around the U.S. He appeared in Jillian Glantz’ documentary Remember My Soul (2019).  The documentary tells the story of Jewish life in the Rio Grande Valley.

Executive Director Peter E. Tarlow

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Jacob (Jake) Monty

Jacob M. Monty serves as the Chair of the Center for Latino-Jewish Relations. Jake is the founding partner of Monty & Ramirez LLP, a law firm established to provide an integrated approach to dealing with Latino workforces. For over two decades, Jake Monty has successfully practiced at the intersection of immigration, labor, and employment laws.  He and his bilingual partners address all the critical aspects of employer advocacy, from immigration to union matters, workplace safety, and employment disputes.

A nationally recognized authority on issues facing employers with large Latino work forces, Jake has written two books on the topic and speaks regularly in English and Spanish on navigating labor and employment matters in industries with heightened immigration scrutiny. Jake has been interviewed by major media outlets such as Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC regarding national immigration concerns.

Jake has held presidential and gubernatorial appointments to the University of Houston Board of Regents, the Texas Private Security Board, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the National Hispanic Advisory Council for Trump, the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, and the North American Development Bank. Jake is also active in civic and professional leadership. He serves as Outside Counsel for the Mexican Consulate in Houston.

Chair Jacob M. Monty

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