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  • Spanish-language digital library recalls a notorious Nazi book-burning

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — In response to the 1933 public burning of Jewish books in Berlin, the Latin American branch of the World Jewish Congress uploaded digital versions of 190 Jewish books published in Spanish. The free ebooks are from the Jewish People’s Library, which was edited by the WJC between 1960 and 1980, and…

  • For Mother’s Day, fun bits of Jewish parenting wisdom

    Mother’s Day raises big questions: What the heck should I get my mom? Will my kids call me? What to do about my naked preschooler who’s refusing to get dressed? You’re on your own on questions one and two. But when it comes to No. 3, famed Jewish philosopher Martin Buber can help, according to Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, author…

  • Jewish philanthropist buys Argentine oil company for $900M

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Argentine Jewish businessman and philanthropist Marcelo Marcos Mindlin purchased a 67.2 percent stake of Petrobras Argentina for $892 million. Mindlin, 52, is the head of Pampa Energia, the largest fully integrated electricity company in Argentina. Following the purchase of the stake of the company, which is part of the Brazilian state-run oil giant…

  • Kids show love for their Holocaust-survivor great-grandparents

    In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, JTA’s sister site Kveller asked readers to submit photographs of their children with great-grandparents who survived the Holocaust. Here’s a video of the touching and adorable results.

  • ‘Birthright for Jewish moms’ reaches out to Spanish-speakers

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — The first Cuban delegation will participate in the “Birthright for Jewish moms” trip to Israel, as the sponsoring group works to expand its reach in Latin America. Sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, the participants in Momentum Israel, as the trip is actually called, will visit the country from May 9 to…

  • Jewish tennis player from Argentina takes first ATP title in Turkey

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Jewish-Argentine player Diego Schwartzman won his first Association of Tennis Professionals tournament and reached the finals of the doubles event. Schwartzman captured the men’s singles title at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open in Turkey on Sunday, upsetting second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-0 in the finals. Schwartzman…

  • Jewish-Argentine businessman buys Buenos Aires building for $68M

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Jewish-Argentine businessman Eduardo Elsztain has purchased a Buenos Aires city government building for more than $68 million. The building, known as Edificio del Plata, is located on the main avenue in the financial center of Buenos Aires. Elsztain, 56, is the controlling shareholder of Israeli IDB Holding Corp., which owns Israel’s…

  • Buenos Aires to host meeting of global anti-Semitism forum

    (JTA) — The Global Forum for Combatting Antisemitism, meeting for the first time in Latin America, will also have its first non-Jewish group as co-organizer. The meeting, gathering more than 100 international experts in Buenos Aires July 17 -18, will be organized by  the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the  Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition, a Christian organization;  and the…

  • Honk if you love the Rebbe, New York!

    Manhattan traffic didn’t exactly come to a standstill (as promised, ominously, by the event’s organizers). But 66 Chabad-Lubavitch “Mitzvah Tanks” did draw curious stares and some impatient honks as they travelled city streets in celebration of the 114th birthday of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe. On Houston now! Ready or not… Traffic in Manhattan is about…

  • Judge halts elections at Buenos Aires Jewish center amid irregularities complaint

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — An Argentine judge halted elections at the Buenos Aires AMIA Jewish center on Sunday amid an investigation into irregularities in its electoral process for leadership. The ruling AMIA party, the Orthodox Religious United Front, was accused by the non-Orthodox parties Plural Jai and Together for AMIA of irregularities in the process…