Vice-president of the Israeli Community of Lisbon

Esther Mucznick

A daughter to Polish-Jewish parents, she lived in Israel and Paris, where she studied, respectively, Hebrew Language and Culture, and Sociology at Sorbonne University. She is vice-president of the Israeli Community of Lisbon (CIL) and she co-founded the Portuguese Association of Jewish Studies in 1994. She is the president of Memoshoá — Association for the Education and Remembrance of the Holocaust, which she founded in 2008. She is a co-founder of the Portuguese Abrahamic Forum for interfaith dialogue and a member of the Portuguese National Commission of Religious Freedom. She was a columnist with the newspaper Público from 2002 to 2011. As a scholar of Jewish issues, she has coordinated courses and seminars on Jewish history and culture, religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, Israel and the Middle East, having published numerous works on said subjects, namely the books: Grácia Nasi, A judia portuguesa do século xvi que desafiou o seu próprio destino; Portugueses no Holocausto; and Auschwitz, Um Dia de Cada Vez, published by Esfera dos Livros in 2010, 2012, and 2015, respectively. She was also one of the coordinators of the Dicionário do Judaísmo Português, published by Editorial Presença in 2009, and of Israel, Ontem e Hoje, published by Difel in 2007.