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  • ‘Never react to provocations,’ Pope Francis tells Israeli musician

    (JTA) — Asked how to avoid religion-based divisions between people, Pope Francis advised an Israeli musician to “never react” to provocations. The pontiff told this to Ofir Jacob on Monday at the Vatican during a meeting the pope had with several creators from different countries who are active on the YouTube video website. Jacob, who…

  • Argentine ex-minister’s Iran tape admitted as evidence of alleged treason

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentine judges reviewing treason charges against a former foreign minister admitted as evidence a recording of him speaking about Iranian involvement in the 1994 terrorist attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires. The justices of the federal appeals court ruled last week to admit the 2012 recording of Hector…

  • Israel celebrates US Jewry’s historic contributions to Zionism

    (JTA) — In an unusual role reversal, Israeli officials paid tribute to American Jewry’s contribution to the State of Israel at a Knesset ceremony. The May 25 ceremony in Jerusalem, the first of its kind, marked what organizers called 100 years of activity and support by American Jews for the pre-state Yishuv and the nation…

  • Jewish-backed Buenos Aires rugby club wins national title

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — An Argentinian rugby team with a Jewish history and many Jewish fans won for the second straight year the national league championship. The Buenos Aires-based Hindu Club team won the Argentinean national title Saturday after defeating Belgrano Atletic Club, 38-23. Identified as the Jewish rugby team among the national clubs, Hindu fans…

  • Alberto Nisman may have been forced to kill himself, says Argentine prosecutor

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Alberto Nisman, the federal prosecutor who investigated the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center here, may have been forced to kill himself, a prosecutor who was formerly in charge of his case said. Viviana Fein, who in December was removed from the investigation into Nisman’s mysterious death, had said before that…

  • Argentine pop star wears Israeli designer at country’s Emmys

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentine actress and pop star Lali Esposito wore a dress by an Israeli designer at the Martin Fierro Awards, Argentina’s version of the Emmys. The dress by Julie Vino was first unveiled to the actress’ 4 million Twitter followers and on Instagram Sunday night before the ceremony in Buenos Aires…

  • Former Argentine president claims son was killed by Hezbollah

    Carlos Saul Menem, 85, said it was the third attack on Argentina over strengthened relations with Israel, following the attacks on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 and the attack on the AMIA Jewish center in the city in 1994.

  • 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…