Jewish Buenos Aires

We walk for 3 hours through this busy and noisy neighborhood to discover what it's like to be Jewish in Buenos Aires, which has one of the largest Jewish communities in Latin America. We read short texts by Alberto Gerchunoff and César Tiempo while we stopped at a cafe. We visit the AMIA (we do no enter), the Jewish cultural center, where a bomb exploded in 1994. We also visit Paso synagogue, the police station, fabric stores and Taam Tov, a traditional jewish bakery.

Gran Templo Paso

Gran Templo Paso, founded in 1930, is one of the oldest synagogues in Argentina. It is a significant religious landmark in the traditional Once neighborhood. 

Gran Templo Paso is of the most beautiful temples in South America. It housed the first Talmud Torah (religious studies house) in the city of Buenos Aires, founded in 1894. The impressive building itself, which was later declared part of the city's historical heritage, was completed in 1929 with the most beautiful Ashkenazi (European) iconography that reflected its founders' origins.


 

AMIA

Born as Chevra Kadisha in 1894, the first activities since its creation focused on developing the necessary conditions to observe the Jewish tradition.

Soon, its activities grew, multiplied and diversified with the successive immigration flows. As from the 20s, with the increase of Jewish population in the country and its progressive integration to society, AMIA became the space where all the Jewish people of Argentina could come together and participate.

 

This picture is of a protest in response to the 1994 bombing. In July 1994 a huge explosion destroyed 85 lives, 85 stories, 85 families. The culprits have evaded justice so far.

Taam Tov bakery

We will stop at this traditional bakery to eat some jewish pastries. Usually Rebeca, the owner, prepares delicious boios, latkes and leicaj (honey cake). You can choose whatever you want!