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  • Around the Jewish World Rash of Anti-semitic Incidents Leaves Argentine Jews Rattled

    Argentine Jewish leaders are wondering whether a string of recent anti-Semitic incidents indicates a growing trend of Jew-hatred. Abraham Kaul, president of the AMIA central Jewish institution, couldn’t hide his concern Tuesday at a meeting with Jewish media. At dawn on Sunday, swastikas and a picture of Hitler were found at the Jewish cemetery of… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture ‘deeply Jewish’ Argentine Actor Continues to Captivate at Age 85

    Max Berliner is holding court at a local café, regaling a bunch of strangers who have gathered around his table with stories of his life. The group surrounding him — made up of people of many different ages — is genuinely enthusiastic. Berliner, an actor and director, is adept at captivating audiences. The 85-year-old grandfather,… More ▸

  • Argentine Court Releases Amia Report, Clearing Way for Probe of Court Case

    An Argentine federal court has released a massive report explaining its acquittal of five men accused of complicity in the 1994 bombing of Buenos Aires’ main Jewish community center. The 4,815-page report, released Oct. 29, formally clears the way for a probe of irregularities in the investigation into the attack on the AMIA center, which… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Rabbi in Panama Has Built Thriving Jewish Community

    When Zion Levy arrived in Panama for his first assignment as a rabbi at the age of 26, he seriously wondered what his superiors in his native Jerusalem were thinking in sending him. He found a Sephardi community of 210 families, none of whom kept kosher and whose respect for the Sabbath was selective. He… More ▸

  • New Argentine Prosecutor Wants to Get to Bottom of Amia Bombing

    The trial of five Argentines accused of complicity in the 1994 bombing of Buenos Aires’ main Jewish community center ended in their acquittal, but the investigation into the attack is continuing. A new department — the Anti-Terrorist Fiscal Unity — is expected to begin investigating the case by the end of October. Its offices close… More ▸

  • Argentine Gang Leader Given 22 Years in Prison for Kidnapping a Jewish Man

    The leader of an Argentine gang accused of kidnapping a Jewish man and cutting off his finger has been sentenced to 22 years in jail. Other members of the gang were sentenced Monday to anywhere between three and 16 years in prison. Two gang members were acquitted. The victim, Ariel Strajman, said he was disappointed… More ▸

  • In Argentina, Jews and Christians Share Ideas to Fight Against Poverty

    It was called to discuss civil society and the struggle against poverty, but a conference that brought together 1,900 participants from 24 countries and 500 organizations couldn’t avoid referring to the recent acquittal of suspects in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center. “It’s very Jewish to answer that after a tragedy of… More ▸