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  • Uruguay Inaugurates a New President Who Names Jews to Government Posts

    When Dr. Tabare Ramon Vazquez was sworn in this week as the first leftist president in Uruguayan history, the country’s 23,000-strong Jewish minority pondered the age-old question: Is this good for the Jews? The short answer, according to community leaders interviewed by phone from Sao Paulo, is yes. They say Uruguay’s Jewish community has nothing… More ▸

  • About to Acknowledge Cover-up, Argentina Begins New Probe of Blast

    From their seventh-floor perch in downtown Buenos Aires, prosecutors Alberto Nisman and Marcelo Martinez Burgos have a sweeping view of this city’s most important public square, the bustling Plaza de Mayo. But the two men have had no time to enjoy the panorama. As chief prosecutors investigating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA headquarters only… More ▸

  • Leading Argentine Jewish Group Honors Local Jewish Agency Office

    The local office of the Jewish Agency for Israel has received an award from the central institution of Argentine Jewry, but it’s not resting on its laurels. The annual AMIA award, given last Dec. 21, was received primarily as a challenge: The Jewish Agency knows it has much work to do in Argentina to combat… More ▸

  • 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 ▸