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  • 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 ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Leading Up to Election, Peru’s Jews Worry About Controversial Candidate

    Peru’s Jewish community is closely watching the country’s presidential runoff election, especially a controversial candidate, Ollanta Humala. Jewish businessmen and intellectuals are especially concerned that Peru, under a nationalist like Humala, could turn into a hotbed of anti-American and anti-European attitudes similar to Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela and Evo Morales’ Bolivia, said Guillermo Bronstein, leading rabbi… 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 ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Synagogue Offers Alternative to Orthodox Judaism in Brazil

    In a chic Rio de Janeiro suburb, a Jewish congregation occasionally holds services in mountainous tropical forest surrounding the city, at beaches that ring the city and at old colonial fortresses. Welcome to the Jewish Congregation of Brazil, where Rabbi Nilton Bonder has melded Conservative and Jewish renewal movement ideas to create a 550-member congregation… More ▸

  • On Rise in Peru, Anti-semitic Attacks Threaten Stability of Jewish Community

    The Peruvian Jewish community is suffering from a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, according to Rabbi Guillermo Bronstein, chief rabbi of the largest and most influential of the capital city’s three main synagogues, Lima’s Asociacion Judia 1870. He also believes that divisions within the community are developing as a result of political and social events unfolding… More ▸

  • Survivors Project Leads Jewish Woman to Open Museum on Brazil’s Neglected

    Karen Worcman first discovered the power of oral history when she and her mother produced a book about Holocaust survivors in her native Rio de Janeiro. More than a decade later, Worcman is transforming the way history is recorded in Brazil by providing a vehicle for “invisible” individuals — from street scavengers to nursing home… 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 ▸