Analucía and I have known each other for five years. We have worked together, learned together, and traveled together. Even though I knew that her mother had died while Analucía was in her 20’s, I never asked to hear her story.
Before continuing, I need to say this: I want to believe that one day I would have asked Analucía to share her story about her mom’s death but, I might not have if it wasn’t for this project. I’m writing this to acknowledge how hard these conversations can be and to honor how important they are. I’m glad she said yes to the podcast and that I was able to hear and record this story.
Analucía is one of the most intentional people I know and listening to her speak and reflect on the themes of death, dying, and Judaism was an amazing experience – one that I’m so happy to share. You can listen to this episode below or wherever you listen to podcasts.
About Analucía Lopezrevoredo:
Dr. Analucía Lopezrevoredo is a Peruvian-Chilean-Quechua-American Jewtina, born in Peru and raised in Spain and the United States.
An anti-oppression activist, educator and researcher, Analucía founded Jewtina y Co. in 2019 to offer Latin Jews from around the world a platform in which to engage in critical dialogue about Jewish and Latin multiculturalism. Prior to starting Jewtina y Co., she was a principal investigator for the Center to Advance Racial Equity in Portland, Oregon, and a migrant rights advocate in California’s Central Valley, southwestern México and southeastern Perú.
Analucía’s educational background lies in critical race and cross-cultural studies, and her doctoral research was centered around Latino immigrant and refugee resiliency. She is the recipient of the National Young Woman of Distinction award, is a former Fulbright and Rotary International Scholar, sits on JDC Entwine’s Council, is a member of the Schusterman Foundation’s ROI Community, and is a Wexner Field Fellow. A passionate global citizen, she’s traveled to over 125 countries and has lived in five continents.
Hebrew and Jewish references explained:
Kaddish: Aramaic for “sanctification”, it is the name of a type of prayer. There are a few types of kaddish and here Analucía is referencing the Mourner’s Kaddish traditionally recited daily for a year by someone mourning the death of a loved one.
Shiva: Hebrew for “seven” and is the week-long ritual period of mourning after a burial.
Shloshim: Hebrew for “thirty’, it is the first thirty days after a loved one has died, a designated period of mourning in which there are specific rituals and customs.
Moishe House: A global organization where young adults in their 20’s create vibrant Jewish community. Click here to learn more about the retreats Analucía references.