Through the celebration of Charro Days, Sam Perl created an unlikely bond between the residents of Brownsville and of Matamoros. Hear more about this historical moment during the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, “Building Bridges: The Story of How ‘Rabbi’ Sam Perl United Brownsville and Matamoros,” featuring Dr. Allison Schottenstein at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 on Facebook Live.

During the presentation, Schottenstein will highlight on how Perl’s Jewish identity helped him to act as a mediator between both cultures. Charro Days inspired Sam Perl to continue his role as borderlands mediator while also branching out to create new ways to unite the sister border towns.

Schottenstein earned a doctorate’s degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. Her specialties are American Jewish history and Race and Ethnic Studies. She teaches American history at UC Blue Ash as well as European Jewish History at UC Main Campus.  Her current research interests have focused on Black-Jewish relations.

The presentation will broadcast at Guests are encouraged to interact panelists with questions and comments posted on the live chat. The presentation will also be recorded and posted for public access on the Museum’s website at

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was committed to educational causes in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created by her family to honor her memory and to continue providing educational opportunities for the community.

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