Argentina

  • Argentina Museum Drops Name of Nazi Collaborator from Its Title

    An Argentine museum has stripped its namesake from its title following the revelation of his Nazi past. The former Menghin Archaeological Museum is located in Chivilcoy, 100 miles northwest of Buenos Aires. It was opened in October 1973, shortly after Oswald Menghin’s death. Born in 1888 in Austria, the archaeologist Menghin was the head of… More ▸

  • Argentine Jews See Upsurge in Anti-israel Incidents Since War

    Anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise in Argentina since the Israeli-Hezbollah war began in mid-July, and the community is responding. On the Internet, Jewish intellectuals, professionals and businessmen are running two pro-Israel petitions. The community also has held demonstrations, partly to counter four anti-Israel protests held in front of the local Israeli Embassy by… More ▸

  • New Works Show How Volunteers in Argentina Saved Culture from Rubble

    Twelve years after the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires was bombed, a new book and documentary highlight a different side of the deadly terrorist attack. Both works highlight the efforts of some 800 young people who saved cultural pieces from the building after it was bombed on July 18, 1994, killing 85 people and… More ▸

  • Argentine Soccer Team Sports Key Jewish Members

    A Jewish player is trying to help kick Argentina’s national team to a triumph in soccer’s World Cup, with help from the team’s Jewish coach. Both the coach, Jose Pekerman, 56, and the player, Juan Pablo Sorin, 30, have their roots in the Buenos Aires-based club Argentinos Juniors, best known as the team where superstar… More ▸

  • Bringing Spirituality to Prisoners: Jail Synagogue Opens in Argentina

    A synagogue has opened inside a prison in Buenos Aires. Sefer Chaim, or Book of Life, the tiny, butter-colored synagogue, is in the Villa Devoto Federal Penitentiary Service Unit 2. It is believed to be the first prison synagogue in Latin America, according to Argentine Jewish officials. Located in the jail’s third floor, the synagogue… More ▸

  • Memorial Service for Terror Victims in Buenos Aires Focuses on Iran Link

    A memorial service is usually about the past. But a service honoring the victims of the 1992 terrorist attack at the Israeli Embassy was also about the present — and the future. Braving an afternoon of constant rain, hundreds of people gathered at a Buenos Aires corner to pay tribute to the 29 people killed… More ▸

  • Groups Host Weekend in Argentina for Needy, Unaffiliated Jewish Families

    Mothers and fathers are seated in a circle, enjoying a sing-along, their enthusiastic harmonies carrying across the grassy fields of the vast park dotted with barbecue grills, tiny cabins and soccer fields. Nearby, their children are happily building towers out of plastic blocks. A few minutes later, the 19 families gather at long tables for… More ▸