Argentina

  • 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 ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Community Medicine Bank Serves Thousands of Needy Argentine Jews

    A makeshift Jewish communal medicine bank, staffed by volunteers, has evolved into a professional operation serving thousands of needy Argentine Jews. Founded in 1999 in response to the demands of Argentina’s impoverished Jews, Community Pharmacy Refuot supplies medicine to people with chronic diseases and other illnesses who can’t afford the drugs they need. A combination… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Donations from Argentine Jews to Local Jewish Charities on the Rise

    After years of depending on the kindness of others, donations from Argentine Jews to their own Jewish charities are increasing. Despite the fact that Argentina’s Jewish community lacks a comprehensive fund-raising strategy and tax deductions for charitable giving never surpass 5 percent, more and more Jews are contributing to local projects and institutions. The Buenos… More ▸