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  • Remembrances of Argentine town’s Yiddish past

    A small town in Argentina that once was a haven for Jews fleeing Eastern Europe has become almost a ghost town, but echoes of its Jewish past remain.

  • South American winemakers aim at kosher U.S. market

    Facing a declining internal market, some South American vintners, including some non-Jews, have entered the kosher market in North America.

  • Jewish groups pleased but wary after Argentina says it flubbed AMIA probe

    Argentine Jewish groups welcome an admission by Argentina that it botched a probe into a 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center, but say there’s still a long way to go to achieve justice in the matter.

  • New AMIA investigators working overtime

    As Argentina publicly acknowledges covering up the 1994 explosion at a Jewish community center that killed 85 people and injured more than 200, a new investigation is working hard at uncovering the truth.

  • Survivors in Dominican Republic

    A highlight of a new Jewish Museum in the Dominican Republic is video testimony from a dwindling group of European Jews rescued from Hitler by the Dominican dictator Gen. Rafael Trujillo.

  • Puerto Rican Jews plant roots

    Thanks in part to an influx of Cuban jews, Puerto Rico has become the largest Jewish community in the Carribean and the only one where the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements are all represented.

  • North American Jewry turns 350

    In Recife, Brazil on Sept. 7, 1654, a group of Dutch-speaking Sephardim set sail for New Amsterdam in a desperate effort to escape the Inquisition. They were the first Jews to land in North America.

  • Puerto Rican crypto-Jews band together

    A group of Puerto Ricans has rejected Christianity in favor of Judaism, which they believe to be their ancestral religion. They are part of a movement popping up in regions where the Spanish Inquisition forced Jews to hide.

  • Sculpture is comment on bombing

    An Argentine Jewish artist memorializes victims of the 1994 AMIA bombing with a sculpture that highlights the fact that the perpetrators were never caught.

  • Will new Cuba law affect island’s Jews?

    Jewish humanitarian groups are debating how tough new U.S. regulations aimed at depriving the Castro regime of dollars will affect Cuba’s estimated 1,500 Jews.