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  • Panama’s Grand Rabbi, Zion Levy, Dies

    Panama’s long-time Grand Rabbi Zion Levy died in Israel at the age of 83. Levy’s death last week ended his 57 years as head of the thriving Orthodox Jewish community in Panama, the Israeli embassy in Panama reported. Levy was a respected and towering figure in the country, believed to be longest-serving leader in the… More ▸

  • Ex-argentine Officials Accused of Blocking Amia Probe

    Former Argentine officials accused of blocking the investigation into the AMIA bombing will testify before a federal judge. Ex-president Carlos Menem is among seven ex-officials who are being called on to testify in the coming days by Ariel Lijo. Others among the seven former officials on Lijo’s list are intelligence service office head Hugo Anzorregui… More ▸

  • Diplomat Who Survived Argentina’s ‘dirty War’ Speaks out Against Iran

    Iran must own up to its crimes the way Argentina did after the “dirty war” of the 1970s if it ever hopes to cleanse its collective soul. So says Hector Timerman, Argentina’s ambassador to the United States, and a survivor of that war — one of the darkest chapters in modern Latin American history. Timerman,… More ▸

  • Some in Argentina Wonder Whether New Amia Leader Represents Everyone

    Will the first Orthodox leader of Argentina’s largest Jewish institution represent the entire community? Some Argentine Jews were pondering this question after Guillermo Borger, the new president of the 114-year-old Argentine Israeli Mutual Association, or AMIA, was quoted in a newspaper article referring to “genuine Jews.” At his inaugural speech on June 12, Borger, the… More ▸

  • El Salvador Seeks Recognition for Little-known Nazi-era Rescue

    El Salvador is home to only 120 Jews, but this small Central American nation of 7 million has long portrayed itself as a solid friend of Israel and the Jewish people. For years, the Salvadoran government has condemned anti-Zionist resolutions at the United Nations, and until August 2006 it was one of only two countries… More ▸

  • Jews Leaving Bolivia As Morales Favors Socialism, Iran, Chavez

    More than any other single event in recent years, the future of Bolivian Jewry may be determined by the outcome of the country’s upcoming national referendum on a new constitution. The proposed constitution calling for increased state control of private-sector enterprise is being fiercely opposed by many middle- and upper-class Bolivians, including the country’s Jews…. More ▸

  • Venezuela and Iran Use Oil to Build Alliance Against West

    It’s nearly impossible to find flour, eggs or fresh milk in the neighborhood supermarket, but in Venezuela you can fill your car’s tank for just 6 cents a gallon even as world oil prices hit $100 a barrel. That’s not the only paradox in President Hugo Chavez’s country, the largest oil exporter in Latin America…. More ▸

  • Despite Chavez’s Reforms, Most Caracas Jews Do Well

    The question of whether Jews have a future in Venezuela seemed far from the minds of the 900 or so people at the wedding of Jessica Horowitz and Alberto Israel. On Saturday night, a day before a crucial referendum on Venezuela’s constitution, Jews at the Union Israelita de Caracas synagogue in suburban San Bernardino were… More ▸

  • As Chavez Goes Authoritarian, Venezuela Jews Fear for Future

    Venezuelans heading to the polls in a little less than three weeks will be voting on some rather drastic changes to the nation’s constitution. The amendments that are expected to pass will abolish presidential term limits, allowing President Hugo Chavez to be re-elected indefinitely, and give Chavez’s government total control over Venezuela’s Central Bank, many… More ▸

  • Keeping Teens off the Streets, Argentine School Trains Young Jews

    It was getting late on a recent Wednesday night, but a group of Jewish teenagers stayed huddled in a fifth-floor office here practicing their Hebrew in between bites of cookies. Next door, another group danced to thumping Israeli music, moving around a room decorated with maps of Israel and Hebrew stickers. There were no notebooks… More ▸