November 10 - 20, 2019
The Jewish community in Argentina dates back almost 140 years when, in 1882, La Congregacion Israelita de Buenos Aires (“The Israeli Congregation of Buenos Aires”) held its first minyan. By the early 1900s, there were 100,000 Jewish immigrants in Argentina, mostly from Eastern Europe. Some established themselves in the pampas, the fertile lowlands of Argentina, becoming gauchos (cowboys) who established Jewish rural agricultural communities. Today, the Jewish community in Argentina is said to be the 6th largest in the world and certainly the largest in Latin America. Of the country’s total population of almost 44 million people, about 240,000 are Jewish, the majority of which live in Buenos Aires. There are approximately 55 synagogues, 50 Jewish educational institutions, and 20 kosher restaurants in the capital city – we will visit the best of these. (Note: Meals on the trip will not be kosher!)
Highlights of this exciting trip include visits to some of the county’s most important synagogues and Jewish institutions as well as to popular and historic sites, museums & neighborhoods. Excursions out of the city to an Estancia (“ranch”) and to the Tigre Delta give another perspective on Argentinian life & culture.
Enjoy this opportunity to see Argentina in all its complexity through a uniquely Jewish lens!
Plus, take an Optional Iguazú Extension to experience the awe-inspiring Falls & National Park!
Trips are offered on a first-come, first-served basis…and tend to fill quickly!
Please register soon to guarantee your space(s)!
For questions or registration, please contact:
Director, Kurland Center for Adult Learning & Living at the Osher Marin JCC
415-444-8017 or JSokol@marinjcc.org