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Nissim Elnecave Dead at 75

Nissim Elnecave, editor emeritus of the Argentine Jewish newspaper La Luz and a leader of Latin America, died Sunday in Buenos Aires of a heart attack, it was reported here Monday. He was 75 years old.

Elnecave was for many years director of La Luz, which was founded in 1931 by his father, David, who emigrated to Argentina from Bulgaria when Nissim was a youth. Nissim Elnecave’s son, David, is currently director of the paper.

Nissim Elnecave was also founder of FESELA, the Federacion Sefaradi Latinoamericana, the organization of Sephardim in Latin America, and was author of several books, not only on Sephardic Jews but also on Jewish-Christian relations and on anti-Semitism. Another son, Rolando, who lives in Miami, is active there in FESELA.

Elnecave was the author of the annual chapter on Argentina for the American Jewish Yearbook. Last year, he visited Spain as an official guest of the Spanish government. He was known there as a specialist in studies of the Jews of Spain. An active Zionist leader in Latin America his entire life, Elnecave was a frequent visitor to Israel.