Buenos Aires

Decades After The Amia Bombing, Still Searching For Justice

04/04/2016 - 12:12

For the third time in the past five years I found myself back this week in Buenos Aires, on business for the Rabbinical Assembly. I came to spend time with my colleagues in the Latin American region of the Rabbinical Assembly, a connection that was created during my presidency of the RA, and also to work with the leadership of the Seminario Rabbinico Latino Americano, the Jewish Theological Seminary's sister seminary in Argentina. The Seminario was founded by the late, great Rabbi Marshal Meyer, groundbreaking rabbi and champion of human rights and social justice in Argentina during the worst years of the Junta. Almost all of my Latin American colleagues studied for the rabbinate at the Seminario.

Courtesy Gerald C. Skolnik

Iran’s Role Recalled On AMIA Anniversary

07/21/2015 - 20:00

This week marked the 21st anniversary of the horrific bombing of the AMIA, the major Jewish community center of Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds in the worst terror attack in Latin American history. The occasion is grim, a timely reminder of the worldwide terror network centered in Iran, which in 2007 was found responsible for the attack by the official Argentine investigation. The probe was led by Alberto Nisman, a dedicated Jewish prosecutor who died in January under mysterious circumstances. He was scheduled to give public testimony two days later alleging collusion between the leaders of Argentina and Iran.

What Lies Beneath

Damián Szifron’s Oscar-nominated ‘Wild Tales’ exposes dangers lurking in modern-day Buenos Aires.

02/16/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A Jewish filmmaker working in Buenos Aires can be forgiven if he is a bit paranoid. Given ongoing events in Argentina, culminating in the ongoing investigation of the death of Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor in the AMIA bombing case, you would have to be insane not to be suspicious.

In a scene from “Wild Tales,” Erica Rivas realizes that her husband is not what she imagined. Sony Pictures Classics

Journalist Who First Reported Nisman’s Death Flees Argentina

01/25/2015 - 19:00

Buenos Aires, Argentina — The Argentine-Israeli journalist who first reported the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman has fled to Israel following threats to his safety.

Preliminary Report: No Others Involved In Gunshot Death Of AMIA Special Prosecutor

01/19/2015 - 19:00

There was no sign of intervention by others in the shooting death of Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor in the AMIA Jewish center bombing, according to preliminary autopsy reports.

AMIA Jewish Center Bombing Special Prosecutor Found Dead

01/18/2015 - 19:00

Buenos Aires, Argentina — Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor in the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, was found dead hours before he was to meet with lawmakers regarding the 1994 attack.

Study Suggests Fixes For Israel Detachment

The road to affinity with Israel runs through relationships with other Jews, wherever they are found, study says.

05/06/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Between a quarter and a half of all day school students feel detached from Israel. To fix the problem, it may actually be more helpful for students to see their parents serving on the board of the local JCC than for the family to visit the Jewish State.

A child’s affinity with Israel grows from ties with Jews from afar, be it Haifa or Hartford, a study found. Michael Daitikash/JW

Where Jewish Culture Runs Deep

02/24/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

There are a few reasons why a New Yorker will feel at home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the second-largest city in South America: he has to negotiate busy streets and assertive natives, and take the “subte” (the subway) to get around. He can always find pizza and he gets to choose from an abundant roster of cultural events. But with its decaying colonial architecture and unique blend of gentility and bellicosity, Buenos Aires is also a true mix of Europe and South America.

A plaque commemorating slain Israeli leader Yitzchak Rabin in Buenos Aires’ Retiro neighborhood. Caroline Lagnado/JW

Lost and Found: Midwestern Kindness

08/01/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I've been on the road a lot lately. In addition to traveling to Israel for the Rabbinical Assembly convention in late June, I've spent at few days at the Jersey shore, and as I write this late on Thursday night, I'm actually in Buenos Aires for the second time this year, participating in an international conference of the Masorti/Conservative movement.  And while I'm here– the conference was scheduled around this other event– it was my great privilege this evening to participate in the Tekkes Hasmachah, the rabbinical ordination ceremony, of the graduating rabbis at the Seminario Rabbinico Latino Americano, the Conservative Movement's sister seminary in Argentina.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

For Argentine Filmmaker, The Past Is Present

A look at the art and truth of the documentaries of Leandro Katz.
08/09/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Film Critic

For the artist, the history of the 20th century is a stinging nettle that must be grasped with care and the knowledge that pain will surely follow. For the Jewish artist and the Latin American artist, that certainty is magnified by experience. So how does a Latin American Jewish artist approach the subject of history?

Che Guevara in a scene from Leandro Katz’s “The Day You’ll Love Me.” (Freddy Alborta)
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