The last time Rabbi Daniel Goldman, spiritual leader of the largest synagogue in Argentina, came to New York, he spoke at a Congregation B'nai Jeshurun shabbaton, describing the deteriorating economic situation of Argentine Jewry.
That was in early December, two weeks before Argentina's economy collapsed into a black hole of unemployment and looting.
This weekend Rabbi Goldman returns to B'nai Jeshurun. And, said Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, the synagogue's Argentina-born senior rabbi, "the situation is even worse."
Buenos Aires — At first glance, the once-thriving capital of Argentina looks as thriving as ever. The downtown commercial area, near the banks of the Rio de la Plata river, is filled with people. The shelves of the upscale shops are stocked with the latest goods. The city’s distinctive yellow-and-black taxis cruise the streets.
But at second glance …