Thursday, April 26, 2012

Israel’s 64th Independence Day, View from Argentina: One Thousand Words

By Valeria Duek

I would rather use one word instead of one thousand to describe what Israel means to me: Hebrew.

I belong to a Sephardic family. My great grandparents emigrated from Syria to Argentina in 1910. My mother was born in a very small town called Ballesteros located in Córdoba province, over 700 kilometers away from Buenos Aires. Other Jewish families were established in other towns in that same area. Being aware of the presence of each other, they organized themselves to pray during the High Holidays. They were concerned about their children’s Jewish education, and even before the independence of Israel was declared, they hired a Hebrew MOR’E (teacher).

Every Sunday my mother, a seven years old girl and her eldest brother waited by the road for a bus to stop. On that bus was the Hebrew teacher.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

BAFICI 2012: Premio a la mejor película y mejor director para Policeman, película israelí

El filme israelí “Policeman”, de Nadav Lapid, ganó los premios a la mejor película y el mejor director de la Sección Oficial Internacional del 14º Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI), que también distinguió a “A place of her own”, de la israelí Sigal Emanuel con el premio UNICEF.

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Footnote: el film israelí candidato al Oscar se estrena el jueves en Buenos Aires

La película israelí “Footnote”, que ganó el premio al mejor guión en el festival de Cannes y compitió por el premio Oscar al mejor filme extranjero este año,se estrenará en la Argentina, bajo el título “Pie de página”.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Israel en la Feria del Libro 2012 de Buenos Aires

Vení a descubrir el Cine y la Literatura de Israel del 17 de Abril al 7 de Mayo. Stand Nº 2220, Pabellón Amarillo. Predio Rural de Palermo.

David Grossman y Joseph Cedar en la Feria del Libro.
Un cuento y mil voces. Actividades para niños. Micro cine.
21 de Abril 19 Hs. Mesa redonda: La importancia del guión cinematográfico. Daniel Burman, Joseph Cedar y Anahí  Berneri. Sala Roberto Arlt. Pabellón Amarillo.
3 de Mayo 19 Hs. Día de Israel. Charla abierta con David Grossman y Claudia Piñero. Sala Jorge Luis Borges. Pabellón Rojo.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Acto Iom Haatzmaut 2012 en Buenos Aires

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Iom Haatzmaut 2012: Acto central el 30 de abril en el Estadio Luna Park de Buenos Aires

La Organización Sionista Argentina (OSA) realizará el próximo 30 de abril el acto central de Iom Haatzmaut (Día de la Independencia de Israel) para toda la comunidad judía argentina.

El encuentro, que fue convocado bajo la consigna “Por la paz y por Israel”, se llevará a cabo, como es tradicional, en el Estado Luna Park de Buenos Aires, desde las 19.30, aunque previamente, a las 18:30, está se realizará la marcha “Con Israel siempre”.

“La comunidad judía de la Argentina está con Israel y como siempre queremos festejar con alegría estos 64 años que se cumplen de la máxima epopeya del judaísmo moderno que es creación del Estado de Israel, por lo que significa Israel como nación democrática, de respeto de las individualidades y las minorías”, expresó el presidente de la OSA, Manuel Junowicz.

El acto cuenta con el auspicio de la Embajada de Israel en la Argentina, la Agencia Judía para Israel, la AMIA, la DAIA, CUJA (Campaña Unida Judeo Argentina), KKL (Keren Kayemet LeIsrael) y FACCMA (Federación Argentina de Centros Comunitarios Macabeos).

Sobre el estado de las relaciones entre Israel y la Argentina, el presidente de la OSA consideró que “son perfectibles”, aunque consideró que “se va por buen camino”.
“Aspiro a que estas relaciones sean más fuertes. Hay un incremento en el comercio, hay una comisión de comercio bilateral y se va en un camino en el que hay que plantear las dificultades para que fortalecer la relación comercial, el turismo y el conocimiento de las naciones. Muchos argentinos viven en Israel y esto es importante”, sostuvo Junowicz.

Finalmente, el presidente de la OSA resaltó que “Israel con su ciencia y tecnología puede ser importante para el desarrollo de la Argentina”.

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Iom HaShoa 2012

Originalmente, el día propuesto para esta conmemoración fue el día 15 de Nisán, aniversario de la revuelta del Gueto de Varsovia (19 de abril de 1943), pero esta propuesta fue rechazada por coincidir con el primer día de Pésaj.

El día 27 fue escogido por ser ocho días antes de la conmemoración de Yom Ha'atzmaut, Día de la Independencia de Israel. El Yom HaShoah fue establecido en 1959 como ley en Israel y aprobado por David Ben-Gurión y Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.

A las 10:00 horas del Iom Hashoá, en Israel las sirenas aéreas suenan durante dos minutos. Los vehículos de transporte público paran por este período y las personas permanecen en silencio. Durante el Yom Hashoah, establecimentos públicos son cerrados, la televisión y la rádio transmitem canciones y documentales sobre el Holocausto y todas las banderas quedan a media asta. 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

ISRAELI FILMS AT BAFICI 2012 - Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival

A Place of Her Own (Reut)

For the last four years director Sigal Emanuel documented the disturbing life of Reut, a young girl who goes from one institution to the next until she finally winds up on the streets. The documentary begins when Reut is merely seventeen years old and gives birth to her first son, who is immediately taken away from her by welfare authorities. While fighting the State on her own to regain custody, she meets a Palestinian man, marries him, moves to his village, and gives birth to two more children. She also struggles to build an impossible relationship with her first son’s foster family: religious Jews who live in a settlement in the Occupied Territories. Throughout the years, and with a method that reminds us of Czech filmmaker Helena Trestiková’s “cycles”, Emanuel crudely and movingly reveals Reut’s true feelings. All she ever wanted is a place she could call home and some peace of mind. Instead, she bumps into the difficulties of a destiny (which includes a tragic ending), similar to the one of a soap opera or the cruellest of tangos.

Film Information
Exhibition Title A Place of Her Own
Original Title Reut
English Title A Place of Her Own
Director Sigal Emanuel
Country Israel
Year 2011
Format Digibeta
Colour Color
Duration 68'

  • Guión / Scriptwriter: Ayala Bengad
  • Fotografía / Cinematography: Sigal Emanuel
  • Edición / Editing: Ayala Bengad
  • Producción / Producer: Dikla Barkai

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 POLICEMAN (Ha shoter)

It is well known that the Israeli military and police forces are extremely sophisticated, due to the fact that violence in this country is not only part of its history but also an everyday scenario. Yaron is a member of an elite police squad, similar to the Brazilian BOPE. Even if he doesn’t care to admit so his ideas, the way he relates to people, and even his sexuality are all affected by the institutions’ cult of courage and justification of violence. Meanwhile, a group of young people are unhappy with the way things are. They swing between ideological determination and the usual doubts of post-adolescence, and seek to make a difference with an act of rebellion. Policeman is a controversial film since it doesn’t limit itself to the single point of view of one of these factions; actually, it seems equally cruel to both of them. Exhibiting the extreme male chauvinism we can find in the core of the State’s monopoly on force; as well as the immaturity and arrogance of the so called revolutionaries, this film denounces (without special emphasis nor exaggeration, and the temptation of drama) the autism both parties suffer, their lack of communication and disregard for that world they intend to improve with their actions.

Exhibition Title Policeman
Original Title Hashoter
English Title Policeman
Director Nadav Lapid
Country Israel
Year 2011
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 107' 
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This minimum rural epic revolves around Tamar, a young woman who lives in a small town in the countryside with her two young daughters and works as a prostitute with most of the local men. Tamar’s sexual relations are utilitarian and non erotic despite the fact that she appears to be kind and accessible to men approaching her all the time. They solve her small everyday problems, the everyday survival that probably led to Tamar’s discreet and bizarre behavior. The status quo will break with the arrival of Shai, a young vet who returns home to sell his dead mother’s assets. The immediate connection between these two characters (judged differently by each of them) presents an option for Tamar’s troubled sex life –but maybe she doesn’t want to abandon it. And the film presents her life openly and explicitly. The fact that the director/screenwriter also plays the main character says something about her courage to tackle this unusual film.

Exhibition Title The Slut
Original Title The Slut
English Title The Slut
Director Hagar Ben Asher
Country Israel
Year 2011
Format Digibeta
Colour Color
Duration 88'


  • Intérpretes / Cast: Hagar Ben Asher, Ishai Golan, Icho Avital, Yoav Levi, Tzahi Hanan
  • Guión / Scriptwriter: Hagar Ben Asher
  • Fotografía / Cinematography: Amit Yasour
  • Edición / Editing: Asaf Korman
  • Producción / Producer: Marek Rozenbaum, Benny Drechsel
  • Compañía Productora / Production Company: Transfax Film Production, Rohfilm
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38° Feria Internacional del Libro en Buenos Aires

La Rural: Av. Santa Fe 4201, Palermo 
19 de abril al 7 de mayo
La más grande de su tipo en el mundo de habla hispana. Considerada uno de los eventos culturales y editoriales más importantes de Latinoamérica; lugar de encuentro entre autores, editores, bibliotecarios, científicos y más de todo el mundo. 
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Monday, April 16, 2012

Testimonials 2012 - Temple Emanuel of Newton's Jewish Heritage trip to Argentina

It was my absolute pleasure to host a 30 people group from Temple Emanuel of Newton that visited Argentina in March 2012. The Jewish Heritage trip was led by Temple Emanuel’s Argentinean Cantor Elias Rosemberg.

Below you can read the testimonials.

Valeria Duek, Director of Kosherlat.

 “Hi, Valeria!
I never really told you what a pleasure it was all these months working with you and planning our wonderful trip.  Your patience and help with the thousands of details and requests  made the whole experience simply wonderful.  When I think back to last September when Elias asked me to do organize this, I never imagined how wonderful an adventure we would have.  Jeff and I fell in love with BA and hope to return with our children.  It's an amazing, vibrant city and having you lead us truly showed us the best of Buenos Aires!

Our travelers are still flying from the experience.  Every time I speak with one of them, they are still "on cloud nine" about the trip.  I know I am delighted - as are Elias and Debbie.  They all want to know where we're going to take them next!

I hope you're having a wonderful Pesach.  Please give Rafi a big hug and kiss for me!

Thanks again for everything!

Best - Molly Goodman” 


“Hi Valeria,
Hard to believe we have been home for a week already!  I just want to tell you how much Gary and I enjoyed traveling in Buenos Aires with you.  We keep talking about what a wonderful sense of the city we came home with, from the Jewish perspective, the historical perspective as well as the political perspective.  Everyone that was on the trip has been talking about what an extraordinary time we all had!  When Gary and I go to minyan in the morning we have a mini reunion. (Someone is always wearing something they bought in Buenos Aires!) It was such a pleasure working with you and meeting your family. Please stay in touch and let us know if you are planning a trip to Boston.

Wishing you a Chag Kasher V'Sameach-Happy Passover!

Debbie and Gary Buchman”

“Dear Valeria,
Thank you so much for making the Temple Emanuel trip so wonderful and memorable!
People here at the Synagogue are still raving about the trip, all the great places and institutions we visited, the food, the variety of activities and how warmly they were greeted by the Jewish community in Buenos Aires. This wouldn’t have happened without your expertise and your charming and sweet personality.
I know how much time and effort you put into this trip, working for months in every single detail. I’m grateful to you!

Warm regards,  Cantor Elias Rosemberg”

“Hi Valeria

Just a short note to tell you we arrived home safely and to thank you again for opening up your beautiful city to all of us.  It was a pleasure to spend this short amount of time with you.  You could see in Elias's face the joy he too had in showing us his home town

Thank you again
Rita & Herb Gann” 


"It was a wonderful experience on so many levels for the 30 members of our Temple Emanuel community who participated. 

 First, working with Valeria was simply delightful. She put together a wonderful itinerary that struck just the right balance of touring and free time.  She is extremely well versed in all things Jewish in BA and -- with our input -- was able to plan in and out of city activities for our group (which skewed a bit older.).  The museums, Jewish agencies, synagogue tours were well informed and interesting.  We threw in a classical music concert at the opera house, tango lessons followed up by dinner and a show and a really fun day at an authentic estancia about an hour or so outside the city.

Molly Goodman"


For more information about itineraries and pricing, please contact

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¿Qué dice la ley judía acerca de los sindicatos, la negociación colectiva y las huelgas? ¿Dependerá del tipo de industria?

¿Es malo tomar el tiempo de un comerciante o vendedor si no tienes intención de comprar? ¿Se puede pasar a ubicaciones vacantes más caras en un partido de fútbol?

¿Todavía no estás convencido de que este curso va a cambiar tu forma  de ver el mundo? Vení a la primera lección sin costo alguno y sólo abonarás si decidís continuar el curso. 

El curso comienza el Martes 8 de Mayo desde las 7:30 pm a 9:00 pm en Jabad Recoleta, Ayacucho 1416 y continuará durante los siguientes cinco Martes, al mismo horario. 

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Homenaje a los soldados caídos en las guerras de Israel y en Malvinas
24 de abril de 2012
Teatro IFT
Localidades en la boletería del teatro o en Alternativa Teatral

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Kosherlat Testimonials 2012 - Suzie Karan, NY

"Hi, Valeria

Hope you had a nice Pesach! I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful tour. You provided a fantastic overview of the city and the history - both Jewish and overall.

Just so you know -- we did end up catching the Boca game vs. Arsenal. It was a lot of fun -- we went with my brother-in-law's friend. We also caught a Tango show in Boedo and took a tour of Theatre Colon.

I will definitely recommend you to anyone we know who is visiting Buenos Aires. And if you are ever in our side of the world (probably not Rochester, NY but perhaps Niagara Falls?) -- feel free to get in touch!

Best, Suzie Karan"
. Rochester, NY, USA

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¿Querés ser embajador de Israel y viajar por el mundo?

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