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  • 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 ▸

  • Around the Jewish World After Years of Consolidation, Buenos Aires Gets a New Shul

    After years during which closings and mergings outnumbered openings in Argentine organizations, the local Jewish community hopes it has reversed the trend with the inauguration of a new synagogue. The modern architectural style of the Amijai synagogue, which opened Aug. 25, makes it one of the most imposing and beautiful in the region. Over the… More ▸

  • The 2004 Olympics Jewish Athletes to Compete in Athens for Argentina and Australia

    Olympic teams from countries outside of Israel and the United States will be notably short on Jewish athletes during the Athens Games. Still, from weightliftinglifting to soccer to table tennis, several Jewish athletes will be displaying the colors of their respective countries during the competition in Greece, which gets under way Aug. 13. Following are… More ▸