Friday, July 7, 2017

Why do Argentinians love invading your personal space?

Getting up close and personal with strangers in Argentina isn’t difficult. In fact, finding yourself at a rather intimate distance from Argentines is hard to avoid. You’ll inevitably end up pressed against someone’s armpit in a lift, or uncomfortably close to other passengers on the metro in Buenos Aires. Punters at the market physically jostle for attention rather than form any kind of orderly queue.

And it’s not just strangers. Argentines meet their friends, family and even new acquaintances with a hug and a kiss; anything else is considered rude. Even doctors greet their patients with a warm embrace.

Now Argentina’s disregard for personal space is backed up by science. A recent study has revealed Argentina as the country where people require the least amount of personal space. Researchers surveyed 9,000 people across 42 countries, and concluded that Argentines in general stand 2.5 feet away from strangers – much less than any other country. (Romanians require the most personal space).

Source www.telegraph.co.uk 

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Top tips when travelling to Argentina

Culture in Argentina

The standard greeting for men and women in Argentina is a single kiss on the right cheek.

Religion is very important to Argentines; most people are Catholic and the current Pope, Pope Francis, hails from Buenos Aires.

Locals may call you gringo (male) or gringa (female).

Meal times in Argentina are around 1pm to 1:30 pm for lunch, with a snack at 5pm–6pm and dinner typically after 9pm and as late as 11pm on weekends. Bars get busy close to midnight and nightclubs after 1am.

A tip of around 10% is appreciated at restaurants.

Argentines tend to arrive fashionably late to social gatherings – 20 minutes at the minimum, but up to 40 minutes is normal.

Carry small change – no one will appreciate 100 peso bills.

The mate ritual

If you're offered mate (pronounced mah-tay), a tea-like hot beverage made of the yerba herb, follow the rules below to do it right (and to avoid offending your server!).

Mate is served in a communal cup with a bombilla, or metal straw.

The person who serves the mate is called a cebador.

Those partaking in the ritual sit in a circle. The cebador brews the mate and then takes the first drink.
The mate is then passed around the circle to the right, with each participant drinking all the liquid in the cup before passing it back to the cebador to be re-brewed. (You'll know there's no more water in the cup when you hear a sucking sound).

If you don't want any more, say gracias to indicate you're finished. Don't say it unless you don't want any more mate.

Language

The official language in Argentina is Spanish. But even if you speak Spanish, you may struggle to understand Argentinians – the language sounds different to elsewhere in the region both due to the local accent and because there's a lot of slang, or lunfardo.

Common scams

Taxi drivers may give you change using fake peso bills, or swap your real pesos for fake ones and claim you've given them a forged bill.

A taxi "handler" at the airport may ask you to pay a prepaid fee for your ride, but the taxi driver claims to know nothing about this and asks you to pay again.
Someone might spill some mustard or sauce on you, and then pretend to help you clean up. While you're distracted, an accomplice steals your belongings.

Source: Choice Australia

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Reform movement announces Latin American rabbinical school

The Reform movement is launching its first school to train and ordain rabbis from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to work in those communities, JTA reports. The Ibero American Institute for Rabbinical Education of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, or WUPJ, will begin classes in August in Buenos Aires.

More than 10 rabbinical candidates from Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Spain have enrolled in the institute, which will be run jointly by the Latin American branch of WUPJ; the Argentine network of institutions Fundación Judaica, and the Center of Jewish Spirituality Mishkan.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Shuk de Moldes 2017


Shuk de Moldes 2017
8 de julio de 21 a 24hs
9 de julio de 11 a 17hs

OFERTAS IMPERDIBLES
Inflables para los chicos
Tarjetas de crédito y débito
Puestos de comida
10 cajas habilitadas.

Con tu compra ayudás a los programas de ayuda social de la comunidad Ajdut Israel.

Publicado por KosherLat Jewish travel in Argentina and Cuba

Thursday, June 22, 2017

5° Latam Economic Forum 2017


Argentina: realidad y expectativas
31 de agosto de 2017
Hotel Alvear Palace
Ciudad de Buenos Aires

A beneficio de programas solidarios

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Se presenta el Pinchas Zukerman Trío en Buenos Aires


Pinchas Zukerman Trío en Amijai
Martes 22 de agosto de 2017 a las 20.30hs
Venta de entradas a través de
www.zamirlatinoamerica.wordpress.com y zamir.latinoamerica@gmail.com 
Tel. 4783-2608 (de 15 a 20) y 156-013-3489

Una oportunidad única.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Limud BA 2017


El domingo 4 de junio se llevará a cabo la edición 2017 de Limud Buenos Aires.

El 10mo DIA de LimudBA, un festival de intercambio y reflexión sobre judaísmo que te lleva un paso más lejos en tu recorrido judío.

Durante un día, te invitamos a elegir entre más de 70 sesiones sobre los temas más variados: Arte, Fuentes y Espiritualidad, Historia y Filosofía, Identidad y Actualidad, Liderazgo y comunidad, Israel y Medio Oriente, Sabores y Tradiciones y un programa para toda la familia

Este año nos acompañaran Mario Blejer, Sebastian Bortnik, David Broza, Romina Manguel, Roberto Moldavsky y Claudio Zuchovicki.

Todo en un mismo DIA y en un mismo lugar. Y se viene con muchas sorpresas para festejar los 10 años!!!

Grilla de actividades, entradas y app de Limud BA, haciendo click aquí.

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Conciertos al mediodía en el Templo Libertad

El Templo Libertad, sinagoga de la primera Congregación Judía del país, Congregación Israelita de la República Argentina, se hace eco a la tendencia europea de llevar a cabo conciertos en las más bellas sinagogas.

El Templo Libertad fue declarado monumento histórico en el año 2000.

Todos los miércoles al mediodía se llevan a cabo los conciertos en forma gratuita. Se debe presentar el DNI. El ciclo lleva el nombre de Conciertos en Libertad.


Función especial en el Teatro Colón: Abracemos un mundo mejor


El 5 de junio de 2017 se llevará a cabo la función en el Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires: Abracemos un mundo mejor, que contará con la participación de la Joven Orquesta Árabe Judía, entre otros artistas invitados.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Buenos Aires celebra Kosher el 11 de junio de 2017


Buenos Aires celebra Kosher
11 de junio de 2017
De 12 a 18 horas en Plaza Seeber (Av. Libertador y Sarmiento).

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Monday, May 15, 2017

LOS 8 CONSEJOS DEL FUNDADOR DE WAZE PARA EMPRENDER CON ÉXITO

URI LEVINE DIO UNA CHARLA SOBRE EMPRENDEDURISMO EN BUENOS AIRES EN LA QUE CONTÓ SUS EXPERIENCIAS AL CONVERTIR UNA IDEA EN UNA COMPAÑÍA QUE VALE MILES DE MILLONES DE DÓLARES.


Por Sebastián De Toma para Infotechnology

En 2013 Google compró Waze, creada por Uri Levine y dos socios, por US$ 1.000 millones y a partir de ahí Levine nunca dejó de emprender. Entre sus proyectos está el buscador de vuelos baratos Fairfly y Feex, que busca ahorrar dinero a quienes buscan invertir en fondos y otros servicios financieros.

Levine es parte de lo que se conoce como “Silicon Wadi”, la franja cerca de la costa donde está la industria IT israelí (va desde Tel Aviv hasta Haifa e incluye centros de desarrollo en el desierto del Neguev y el parque tecnológico Har Hotzvim, en Jerusalém). Este emprendedor serial fue consultado sobre por qué creía que Israel logró convertirse en una de las mecas de las startups tecnológicas del mundo, Levine contestó que uno de los motivos es la lealtad de los empleados y eso, en parte, estaba fundado en el servicio militar obligatorio. “No es que yo lo recomiende –señaló-, pero después de hacerlo, a los 21 o 22 años, el joven maduró más rápido y sabe armar y lidiar con equipos.”

Otros motivos son “un bajo miedo al fracaso” motivado por el importante rol del Estado, que no le cobra impuesto a los emprendimientos de base tecnológica. “El Estado –expresó durante la conferencia- debe invertir en emprendimientos para animar a que lo hagan los privados.” La pregunta que hay que hacerse, afirmó en respuesta a una pregunta del público, es “al Estado le importa realmente”. Santiago Sena, director General de Desarrollo Emprendedor en Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires y su entrevistador en aquel momento, rápidamente dijo que sí.

Durante la charla, organizada por la dirección de Emprendedores del ministerio de Modernización de la ciudad y auspiciada por la Embajada de Israel en la Argentina, Levine dio una serie de consejos para lograr convertir a un emprendimiento con base tecnológica en una empresa millonaria. Fueron parte del evento el ministro de Transporte porteño, Juan José Méndez, y el embajador israelí en la Argentina, Ilán Szulman.

Los consejos

1) El primero es casi su mantra, tanto así que la tiene impresa en muchas remeras (que dijo cambiarse todos los días): “Hay que enamorarse del problema, no de la solución”. Cuando uno se enamora con el producto que tiene, pierde el foco, que debería ser resolver problemas, explicó. “Cuando te enamoras de la solución, te quedaste sin mercado”, dijo luego.

2) “Siempre pensar en el próximo emprendimiento.” Es decir, encontrar un nuevo problema para resolver cuando el emprendimiento en el que uno está metido actualmente está en la cresta de la ola.

3) “Emprender es como enamorarse: intentas muchas veces hasta que algo funciona.” Luego, con la ayuda de un slide, explicó que uno sale con muchas personas, hasta que te enamoras de una, después uno le presenta esa persona a los amigos y si el feedback es negativo… hay que cambiar de amigos.

4) “Elegir al equipo correcto es lo más importante.” Levine expresó que, en charlas que mantuvo con emprendedores, estos sabían a poco de empezar (“a veces el primer día”) cuando el equipo que habían armado no iba a funcionar. Las razones: falta de diversidad en el equipo o falta de compromiso. Y este problema en particular, según él, es la causa del 50% de los fracasos a la hora de emprender.

5) “Si fallaste, hay que empezar de nuevo con otro emprendimiento.” Durante la conferencia de prensa, Levine comentó que los emprendedores que comienzan con un segundo proyecto tras un fracaso tienen un 50% más posibilidades de conseguir el éxito.

6) “Si tenés miedo a fallar, vas a fallar.” El miedo al fracaso es una traba fundamental cuando uno se decide a emprender.

7) “Hablar inglés es fundamental. Hablando sólo español no vas a llegar lejos.” El idioma de los negocios sigue siendo el inglés.

8) “Los emprendedores pueden cambiar el mundo sólo si encuentran el modelo de negocios adecuado.” El fundador de Waze comentó que uno puede querer cambiar el mundo pero con quererlo no alcanza: para lograrlo hay que encontrar la forma de monetizar las ideas para así seguir adelante, y poder desarrollar ideas nuevas.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Acto Central de Iom Haatzmaut 2017 en Buenos Aires en Hacoaj

Celebremos el 69° aniversario de Israel!

15 de mayo de 2017
19.00 en la sede del Club Náutico Hacoaj Sede Capital, Estado de Israel 4158, Buenos Aires.
#IOMHAATZMAUT69

Entradas sólo con entrada en mano. Se pueden retirar a partir del 4 de mayo en la OSA, Pasteur 633 y en todas las instituciones adheridas.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Lag Baomer 2017 en Tecnópolis


14 de mayo de 2017
Reservá tu entrada en www.lagbaomer2017.com

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LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK: VISIT ARGENTINA'S STUNNING GLACIAL LANDSCAPE ON ITS 80TH ANNIVERSARY

For intrepid travelers willing to make the journey down to the Patagonia region, the rewards are great


With ice that appears to "flow" in waterfalls and some of the largest, most accessible glaciers in the world, Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina has been recognised as one of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world.

On May 11, 2017, the park will celebrate 80 years since its official inauguration as a federal protected area in 1937. Los Glaciares was declared a Unesco world heritage site in 1981.

The park is located on the Chilean border in the southwestern Argentinian province of Santa Cruz. When its ice melts, the water flows down from the Andes to the Atlantic on one side and the Pacific on the other. 

Most ice caps elsewhere in the world exist only at altitudes of 2,500m or more above sea level. In Los Glaciares, due to the sheer size of the ice cap, glaciers appear at just 1,500m above sea level, and flow down to 200m.

Ice cracks from the wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier located at Los Glaciares National Park (Getty)

For intrepid travellers willing to make the journey down to the Patagonia region, the rewards are great - and Los Glaciares has become a popular tourist stop. Flights will get you to Buenos Aires, from which there are regular buses to major cities and easy access to the park by bus from Route 40.

It's also reasonably priced compared to similar experiences in the likes of Iceland - with national park entry coming in at around £16 and trips to see the glaciers costing about £21.

One of the most accessible glaciers is Perito Moreno, reached via the charming town of El Calafate.

Independent Travel's verdict: "The sheer spectacle of standing beneath a towering wall of ice, fractured into a thousand glassy shards, is worth going out of your way for."

Source: Independent

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

El escritor israelí Eshkol Nevo en Amijai


Luego de su presentación en la Feria del Libro, tenemos el honor de recibir al
escritor en Amijai.
Contaremos con la participación especial de la periodista Vivi Katz, quien lo
entrevistará en vivo para el público asistente.

¿ES POSIBLE EMPEZAR DE NUEVO?
Cuando Mani desaparece en algún lugar de América Latina, su hijo Dori, un joven padre de
familia en plena crisis, parte en su búsqueda. Allí se encuentra con Inbar, una periodista que ha
escapado de su vida en Berlín y de un hombre al que ya no ama. Juntos buscan a Mani al tiempo
que sus destinos se entrelazan. En esta extraordinaria novela, Nevo traza una bella historia de
amor a través de dos generaciones que buscan nuevas oportunidades. O, acaso, busquen la
posibilidad de contemplar el rumbo de sus vidas con una mirada diferente.
Eshkol Nevo nació en Jerusalem en 1971; su infancia transcurrió entre Israel y Estados Unidos.
Nieto de Levi Eshkol, primer ministro de Israel entre 1963 y 1969, estudió Psicología en Tel Aviv
y trabajó en publicidad, hasta que lo dejó todo para dedicarse a la literatura. En 2005 fue
galardonado con el premio de la Book Publishers Association y en 2008 en París con el premio
Raymond Wallier.
Actividad abierta y gratuita con inscripció


Miércoles 10 de mayo de 2017

Entrada libre y gratuita con inscripción previa

Publicado por Kosherlat Valeria Duek Jewish travel in Argentina and Cuba

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

FUNDACION TZEDAKA'S ANNUAL EVENT 2017 IN NYC


Fundacion Tzedaká was created in 1991 in the heart of the Jewish community in Argentina. During its 25 years of existence, it has made real changes in the living conditions of thousands of vulnerable, at-risk Argentineans. The fight against poverty is the main goal of Tzedaká, and we do so through a unique social model based on networking and with an approach based on comprehensive and multidisciplinary intervention.

Combining the work of professionals and volunteers, it develops education, health, housing, childhood and seniors programs, thus providing effective and efficient solutions for thousands of citizens. Transparency, effective resource management and constant accountability are key pillars of the organization.

In short, it’s a committed Foundation that works with 600 volunteers, receives help from over 6,500 donors and relies on almost 100 professionals in different areas. We do all this to improve the lives of 11,000 people and thousands more throughout Argentina.


When? May 9th, 2017
Where? Jewish Museum 1109 5th Av. & 92nd St. NY 10128

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

Can't make it but still want to be involved? DONATE HERE

Posted by Kosherlat Valeria Duek Jewish travel in Argentina and Cuba

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Aprender Hebreo nunca fue tan fácil y divertido: juego de cartas con letras en AMIA. Gratis


Milá para Chicos ofrece un nuevo juego de cartas didáctico para aprender el Alef-Bet, alfabeto hebreo, producido por AMIA Cultura.

Las cartas están preparadas para que los chicos puedan aprender el Alef-Bet de una forma didáctica y divertida. Contienen una carta con cada una de las letras y otra con su nombre, un dibujo que comienza con esa letra y su pronunciación fonética.

Pueden adquirirlas en AMIA Cultura de lunes a jueves de 10 a 16 y los viernes de 9 a 15.

Para más información pueden escribir a: cultura@amia.org.ar

¡Nunca fue tan divertido aprender nuestro Alef-Bet!

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Why Argentina is the next destination of your Jewish Heritage trip

KosherLat Jewish travel in Latin America invites you to enjoy this journey of seeing Argentina and all its complexity through the uniquely Jewish lens.

The uniqueness of the Jewish Community of Argentina is a combination of many factors. As it is the largest in Latin America, a trip of this kind is not only about visiting historic buildings, but rather about experiencing the community in motion and actually participating in activities customized for each group.


 In this trip, you will:
Learn why in Argentina the Ashkenazis are
called “rusos” (Russians) and the Sephardic,  “turcos” (Turkish) no matter the country they came from.
Learn to dance tango.
Taste the best “asado” ever (the Argentinean version of a BBQ).
Wander in “ONCE” (pronounced, ”OWN-SAY”), one of the Jewish neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, discovering not only the most beautiful synagogues, but also the typical shops and Kosher eateries which portray Jewish life in the area. Not by coincidence, several cinema
productions depicting Jewish life in Buenos Aires have been filmed here.
Learn about the terrorist attacks that the Jewish community suffered and of the many ways we pay tribute to the victims.
Experience a Shabbat like no other in Buenos Aires
Visit an Estancia (Argentinean ranch), enjoying a day in the countryside with horse-back riding, folkloric music and amazing gaucho-skills show. (gaucho = cowboy)
Learn about the Jewish Colonies and the Jewish Gauchos
Participate in a chessed activity, which will give you the opportunity to interact with the local community.



We enjoy working hard to give you not just the best experience of Jewish Argentina you can get, but also a wonderful memory you can share with your grandchildren.

The Jewish community in Argentina dates back to 140 years ago. In 1882, La Congregacion Israelita de Buenos Aires held the 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. The Jewish community in Argentina today is the largest in Latin America. Of a total population of 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 Buenos Aires.

KosherLat is based in Buenos Aires.

Let's talk. Contact us today

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Ciclo de Cine temático judío en AMIA


Todos los domingos, podés disfrutar en AMIA en forma gratuita, del Ciclo de Cine temático judío. Durante abril 2017,  a las 20.00 hs, presentadas por Mario Ber. Las películas israelíes que se exhibirán son las siguientes.

Domingo 9
Cara de Poker

Domingo 23
Cuestión de tamaño

Domingo 30
Cinco días.

Se debe presentar DNI para asistir.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Seder comunitario en Bet-El Pesaj 2017


Seder de Pesaj en Bet-El
11 de abril de 2017, 19.30hs.

Inscripción rabinato@betel.org.ar/4553-7200

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Pesaj 2017: Seder comunitario en Mishkán



Pesaj en Comunidad: últimos días para inscribirse y participar del Segundo Seder en Mishkán.
Costo del cubierto: $450.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Rab. Yosef Bitton en Chalom: ¿Por qué los hombres no entienden a las mujeres? (y viceversa)


Martes 28 de marzo de 2017
Rab. Yosef Bitton en Chalom

Publicado por Valeria Duek KosherLat Jewish travel in Argentina and Cuba

Everything you need to know about malbec wine - and where to drink it

MARCH 20, 2017

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MALBEC WINE – AND WHERE TO DRINK IT
BY BECCA HENSLEY - Destinations of the World news

Red, red wine: Fed by high-altitude sunshine and snowmelt from the Andes, it may have originated in France but Malbec is a “true grape of Argentina”, finds Becca Hensley


Dusty and parched, I pedal my bike through olive groves, among apricot and plum orchards, beside hilly vineyards, near fields of flowers – all in the shadows of the snow-encrusted Andes. With the sun casting a silvery light on this high-altitude desert, my partner and I find a place in the shade for a picnic. There are no cars on the road, only a man in the distance riding a horse. He’s dressed like a gaucho in baggy pants, tall boots and a beret. Even from this vantage point, I can see he sports a handlebar moustache. He seems like a mirage – until he waves, and gallops away.



In Mendoza to explore the land of Malbec, on a trek to taste our way through the vineyards of Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, we stop now to nibble country pâté, pungent goat cheese and crusty bread. Of course, we uncork a bottle, Carmelo Patti 2013, a Malbec we purchased while touring yesterday, from the winemaker himself. It’s bright-bodied and robust, and with bitter blackberry, dried raspberry and cherry explosions, a little minty at the end, it’s perfect for al-fresco cuisine, somehow ideal with biking gear, and “peasant” food spread out on a blanket. Rustic, yet elegant, Malbec expresses the landscape and the region that surrounds us. Transfixed by the colour, I raise the glass to meet the light. With hues like a mysterious, inky, amethyst, it makes me think of Murano glass – regal and dignified, full of promise.



“I never met a Malbec I didn’t like,” says Michael C. Higgins, PHD, author of Exploring Wine Regions – Argentina, a wine-tasting compendium. “What makes it so delicious?” he asks (and answers). “It’s big and bold like a Cabernet Sauvignon, yet fruity like a Pinot Noir.” Argentinean chef Fernando Navas of New York’s Balvanera restaurant revels in Malbec from his homeland, offering a huge selection to his guests. “It’s so hard to choose a favourite – each has a different character,” he says, before admitting to tippling Malbec from Marchiori & Barraud, a small-production winery sited in Lujan de Cuyo, as his go-to wine. “For wines born in Mendoza, there’s nothing better than a cut of grilled, grass-fed ribeye, Morcilla or Argentine sausages,” he says, when asked about pairing. Grown for centuries in France as a blending grape, Malbec cuttings first came to Argentinean vineyards in the mid-19th-century, under the guidance of French agronomist Michel Pouget. He believed the thin-skinned grape, which rotted easily in France, would flourish in sunnier, drier, higher elevation climes. Indeed, in Mendoza, they thrived, leading farmers to call them “the true grape of Argentina.”



(Pictured: Entre Cielos sits on 8 acres in the Mendoza countryside overlooking Malbec vines)

“This is a land of bold qualities,” says Lucia Vaieretti winemaker for Alamos, much touted for their Malbec. “We have sunshine and desert and our water comes from the snowmelt of our beautiful mountains.” Rarely exported for a hundred years, the Malbec wines made were quaffable, affordable, and beloved by locals as a reliable food wine. They embodied the many cultures – Spanish, Italian, indigenous – that composed the nation. Still undiscovered by sommeliers, for the most part, until the early 21st Century, Malbec was popularised by word-of-mouth appeal, coming to the forefront as a crowd pleaser for any occasion. Now grown across Argentina (and in other parts of the world), Malbec reigns in the Mendoza region, where some 1,500 wineries dot the terrain. Some tips for visiting wineries? While the terrain begs to be biked or hiked, consider hiring a driver and taking the three regions slowly. Choose only three or four wineries a day – perhaps reserve one for a sumptuous, heady, afternoon long lunch. Do remember to make reservations in advance and bring cash for purchases, as many wineries do not accept credit cards.



4 PLACES TO QUAFF MENDOZA IN ARGENTINA:


1. VINEYARD DREAMS – ENTRE CIELOS

If you’ve romanticised a life lived in a vineyard, Entre Cielos offers the opportunity. An intimate, 16-room, Small Luxury Hotels of the World gem, girded by 20-acres of vines (eight of them Malbec), the stylish, artsy hotel was founded by three Swiss friends intent on providing a vacation experience that proved wine’s direct connection to nature. Book the Vineyard Loft, which hovers amid the grapes, offering an outdoor bath on its terrace. A gastronome’s dream, the hotel produces its own three wine labels, and has a packed wine library, abundant with Malbec. Join them for the harvest, when you can pick grapes like a real winemaker. Plan to indulge, too, in the spa’s wine bath for couples.

www.entrecielos.com


2. FURTHER FLUNG – THE VINES RESORT & SPA

South of the bustling city of Mendoza in the more remote Uco Valley, The Vines Resort & Spa beckons. Designed by lauded Argentinian architects Bormida & Yanzon to meld into the landscape, the getaway’s wood-and-stone, individual villas tuck into the expansive vineyards. With mountain vistas paramount, the Leading Hotels of the World stay provides tours of its winery and gives guests the opportunity to blend their own wine. Dinner is gaucho-style at Siete Fuegos, the resort’s restaurant, created by Argentina’s most famous chef – Francis Mallmann. After wine tasting, ride horses on the quiet roads and partake of a Vinotherapy treatment in the spa.

www.vinesresortandspa.com


3. RIDE THROUGH – DUVINE CYCLING + ADVENTURE

A slower pace unveils the tiny details of an eye-catching landscape. On two-wheels, you can expect to immerse in Mendoza as you never imagined possible. Pedal through the expanse with DuVine Cycling + Adventure, an outfitter with an epicurean aesthete. A moderate program, full of wine tastings at some of the region’s best (including a grand event at famed Salentein winery) and plate after plate of Argentine fare, this trip for active travellers ensures you work it off as you go.

www.duvine.com


4. CITY SIP – PAIN ET VIN BUENOS AIRES

It’s not in Mendoza, but sometimes you can’t get out of the city. An Argentine sommelier has created a niche, Pain et Vin, for imbibing in Buenos Aires’ chi-chi Palermo neighbourhood. The bar’s motto, “There’s Always Time for a Glass of Wine”, sets the mood for oenophiles to relax and slowly work through a hefty cupboard of local wines. Home-baked breads and regional cheeses pair well with Malbec’s gravitas – and the people watching can’t be beat. Check the calendar for festive tasting events throughout the year – and if you don’t feel like hanging out, take away here is also an option.

www.facebook.com/painevin

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Argentine president to hold historic meeting with Israeli survivors of 1992 embassy bombing

For the first time, an Argentine president will meet with the Israeli survivors and relatives of victims of the 1992 terrorist attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.

President Mauricio Macri will host a group of 30 Israelis on Friday morning at his official residence prior to a ceremony marking 25 years since the bombing, which killed 29 and injured more than 200.

Previous presidents have met in the past with the families of Argentine victims.

Among those who will meet with Macri and participate in the remembrance ceremony are Israel’s current ambassador to India and Sri Lanka, Daniel Carmon, who lost his wife, Eliora, in the attack; the Israeli ambassador to Argentina at the time of the bombing, Yitzhak Shefi, and the director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Yuval Rotem.

Carmon is part of a campaign to stop terrorism featuring Argentine celebrities and the motto “peace without terror.”

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25 años después de la llegada del  a la  decimos todos, a voz alta :

A ceremony was held earlier this month in Jerusalem to mark the 25th anniversary of the attack according to the Hebrew calendar.

“We knew straight away that Iran was behind this heinous attack,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the March 6 event. “Iran set it in motion, Iran planned it and Iran, through its proxy Hezbollah, also carried it out.”

Netanyahu added that since the embassy bombing Iran, through its proxy Hezbollah, has established a global network of terror in more than 30 countries on five continents.

“It is the biggest instigator of terror in the world,” he said.

Netanyahu also noted his confidence in the Argentine president.

“Having spoken with President Macri, I am impressed that he understands the problem well, and I intend to meet with him in the near future to strengthen the relations between our two countries in many areas, including these vital areas of enhancing defense and fighting terror,” he said.

Argentina has accused Iran of the 1992 attack and also of the deadly 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, but both officially remain unresolved.

Source JTA

Actos por el 25° aniversario del ataque terrorista a la Embajada de Israel en Argentina



A pocos días de cumplirse 25 años y bajo el slogan de “Paz Sin Terror”, la embajada de Israel acreditada en nuestro país se asoció al Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires para llevar adelante una serie de actos en memoria de las 29 víctimas que perdieron la vida en manos del terrorismo. Además de algunos spots y documentales alusivos a la temática ya mencionada.

En lo que respecta a lo audiovisual, el canal de historia History Chanel tiene programado un especial acerca del ataque terrorista ocurrido en la sede diplomática para el próximo viernes 17 de marzo a las 22 horas. También se verán spots publicitarios en televisión y en el subte con distintos afiches que serán parte durante toda la semana.

La Legislatura de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires presentará un libro que hizo en conjunto con la embajada con una serie de fotos acerca del 25 aniversario, y que se presentará el viernes 17 de marzo a las 10hs en uno de los salones del parlamento porteño. Ese mismo día a las 14:45 hora que estalló la bomba comenzará el tradicional acto en la Plaza de la Embajada de Israel, emplazada en la calle Arroyo.  El día anterior se hará el acto de juventud bajo el lema “#EmbajadoresDeLaMemoria” a las 20hs en el lugar donde se encontraba anteriormente la embajada de Israel,

Otro evento conmemorativo será en el Centro Cultural Kirchner que se realizará una exposición de fotos con lo que se plasmó en el libro, que se presentará en el Legislatura, aunque todavía no esta definida la fecha.

Para el acto oficial vendrá una delegación de Israel encabezada por el director general de la Cancillería y algunos funcionarios. A pesar de que en algún momento había circulado un rumor de la presencia del primer ministro israelí, Biniamín Netanyahu en el acto, esto fue descartado por fuentes de la embajada israelí en nuestro país y aseguraron que en ningún momento estuvo en agenda la visita del mandatario israelí.

Sumada a la delegación del Estado de Israel vendrán un grupo de periodistas reconocidos de diferentes medios de comunicación que no solo cubrirán el acto, sino que tendrán contactos con colegas de Argentina.

Además durante el Shabaton que se hará del 16 al 19 de marzo por el World Congress LGTB Jews y JAG Argentina harán un desayuno de reflexión el viernes 17 de marzo con los cientos de participantes en la comunidad NCI Emanu El, y luego estarán presenciando el acto oficial.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Synagogues in the US are organizing to fight Trump’s agenda


JTA

B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan was the site of a rally that drew thousands before the New York City women’s march in January. The synagogue has also set up an action alert list with 200 subscribers to mobilize congregants for protests.

For some of these synagogues, the current activism is just an intensification of a historical tilt toward political engagement. Bnai Jeshurun has a longstanding program to aid New York State farmworkers, while Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C., led two trips to aid undocumented immigrants in Texas in 2014 and 2016, before Trump’s election. Synagogues nationwide have long been active on Israel policy, and in the 1970s and 1980s, on behalf of Soviet Jewry.

But some congregants see synagogue-based political action as a step too far. David Horowich, a Reform Jewish businessman from Syracuse who voted for Trump, appreciates Reform Judaism’s cultural and communal aspects. But he feels synagogues shouldn’t be in the business of political advocacy, because it’s not always easy to judge whether policies are successful.

“I haven’t been in favor of coming out with statements that are political, because sometimes they can come back and haunt you,” Horowich said. “I’m open to people expressing their opinions, but you have to wait until it all plays out.”

For those who oppose him, Trump’s policies on refugees and immigration have become a particular focus of synagogue activism. All four religious denominations and several major organizations opposed the first iteration of his immigration ban in January.

In response to Trump’s immigration policies, several synagogues have declared themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. For some synagogues, including Temple Sinai, that means setting aside rooms should undocumented immigrants need a place to live. Others, like Philadelphia’s Congregation Beth Zion-Beth Israel, which is exploring becoming a sanctuary, are holding classes for immigrants and others on immigrant and refugee rights.

“Our religious tradition teaches about not only welcoming the stranger but not oppressing the stranger, and making sure the most vulnerable in our midst has been protected and cared for,” said Temple Sinai Rabbi Jonathan Roos. “The level of fear is at a level unseen during the Obama years, even when the level of deportations was high.”

The push for synagogue activism appears to be spreading. Timoner has held two conference calls with rabbis interested in Beth Elohim’s model. And T’ruah, the rabbinic human rights group, drew 200 rabbis to a conference in February, called No Time for Neutrality, that ended with 19 rabbis getting arrested during a protest in front of a Trump hotel in New York City.

“We have more power, privilege and social capital than we’ve ever had in this country,” said Beth Zion-Beth Israel Rabbi Yosef Goldman.”It’s an opportunity for us to be vigilant about using our power to defend our own community, but [also] to defend those around us who are more vulnerable than we are.”

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Purim Fest para toda la familia


Domingo 12 de marzo de 2017 de 15 a 19.30hs.
Música en vivo - Shows - Desfile de disfraces - Meguilá a cada hora - Premios - buffet

Publicado por Valeria Duek KosherLat Jewish travel in Argentina and Cuba

Proyecto Rut: Segundo Coloquio en el Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano


100 años de conversiones al Judaísmo en America Latina
21 de marzo de 2017
Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano
Con inscripción previa.

Publicado por Valeria Duek Kosherlat Jewish travel in Argentina and Cuba

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fortuna en Buenos Aires: único recital en Amijai


Fortuna en Buenos Aires
Un recital único con canciones en ladino, hebreo y portugués.
26 de abril de 2017 a las 20.30hs en Amijai.
Entradas en venta.

Publicado por Valeria Duek KosherLat Jewish travel in Argentina and Cuba

Friday, February 17, 2017

The nightmares are coming back

I have been in two wars in my life. The first was the Yom Kippur War in Israel in 1973, and the second, Argentina’s “Dirty War,” was in 1976. The first one lasted a few weeks. The second one lasted for years.

War is one of the most traumatic experiences that we can go through. The war in Argentina was a civil war, a coup d’état, a military regime that the majority of the people welcomed. They hoped it would restore order to a chaotic situation.

I know that many people among us have experienced war. They know how traumatic it is and how much fear it creates.

The Dirty War in Argentina produced thirty thousand “disappeared” people and thousands of exiles. My dear cousin Ana-Silvia had to be a political exile for many years in Spain. Torture, disappearance, impunity, lack of law, lack of protection became the new reality.

I remember the fear of going to the clandestine meetings of the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights with Rabbi Marshall Meyer, my mentor, who in 1985 came to New York to begin the revival of BJ together with Roly. I remember driving Marshall to jail to visit political prisoners. I had two phone numbers in my pocket—one for Raul Castro, the U.S. ambassador; and the other for Ram Nirgad, Israel’s ambassador. I also had to be sure I had enough coins to make those phone calls. If it took Marshall too long to get back to the car after seeing a prisoner, I would have to call both of them.

Fear is like a virus that takes over the soul. Fear becomes part of reality. It is very painful to live with constant fear, so people begin to accommodate to the new reality for the sake of survival. They begin to make rationalizations that justify the actions of the totalitarian regime, because their sense of decency cannot tolerate the dissonance with reality.

How does fascism begin?

A leader is transformed into a Supreme Leader, and criticism is not tolerated. The change begins with a relentless attack on two institutions: the press and the judicial system. There is no such thing as objective truth anymore; facts are invented and manipulated to soothe the personality of the Supreme Leader. A personality cult develops. The leader is surrounded by people who will never question him. His inner circle feeds him the sense that he is being persecuted. Even more important than that, he and his circle attack the judges who dare question the legality of his actions.

The whole judicial system is seen as a threat. The Constitution is deemed a nuisance. The public conversation is reduced to the lowest common denominator, and basic civil liberties are questioned for the sake of the “common good” or rendered disposable in the face of a more serious threat.

I remember sharing this story when I arrived in the United States and that people were amazed. They would explain to me why something like that would never happen here. I always responded — “Yes, but doesn't history prove that, given the right circumstances, anything can happen anywhere?”

We are entering a period when “we, the people” has to be redefined, and “a more perfect union” has been put in question.

I know why the nightmares are coming back. Some of this discourse is horribly familiar to me. I have seen this movie, and it is not a pretty one.

We have to be very vigilant. On one hand, when we are confronted by fear, we have to acknowledge it, go deep into it, and stay calm. We must find equanimity and peace of mind. On the other hand, we have to allow ourselves to be agitated by the values that we feel are insulting our deepest a sense of decency, ethics, and morality.

There is a new megaphone that is shouting misogyny, homophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism. It is lowering the expectations of what leadership should be. Virtue from our leader is not expected anymore.

Here is where our values will be put into action. We must respond to all this with Torah, with respect, by honoring our mothers and sisters and daughters and wives as equal partners. We must respond by seeing the divine in every human being of any creed and religion and sexual orientation. We take the case of the oppressed, “ki gerim hayitem be eretz mitzrayim,” because we were, strangers, refugees, the Other, in the Land of Egypt.

We must not allow the sense of pollution to invade our souls, and we must keep aiming high.

At this moment community is of much importance. We should be here for each other, to hold hands, to share our fears, and to find courage to act.

The other day Karina, my wife and I were watching a few episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Do you remember him? A man who believed in kindness, love, and trust; what hutzpah. Maybe we all, as a country, need to watch him again, to reclaim a sense of decency and love. Maybe Mr. Rogers’ most important teaching is that we each have something to say about the shape of the neighborhood we want to live in.


Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein
B'nai Jeshurun NYC

Primer Shabaton GLBT en Buenos Aires


El Shabaton se realizará por primera vez en Argentina, luego de una decisión del World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Jews para hacer durante tres días charlas, workshops y conferencias sobre diversidad. El evento, que se realizará en el Templo Libertad, será auspiciado por la Secretaría de Derechos Humanos y Pluralismo Cultural de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, la Embajada de Israel en Argentina y la Organización Sionista Mundial.

“El World Congress GLBT tiene como tarea, una vez por año, hacer una actividad en el mundo acerca de la temática de la diversidad. Hace ya un tiempo que desde JAG nos venimos proponiendo para que la Argentina sea sede de este evento, y a partir de lo que fue la ley de matrimonio igualitario el World Congress eligió nuestro país para hacer el Shabaton”, comentó Michanie acerca de cómo surgió el país para que organizara el evento que será del 16 al 19 de marzo, del cual participarán Estados Unidos, Francia, México, Israel, Italia, Colombia, Brasil y Chile, entre otros.

“Una de las decisiones que tomamos es que el Shabaton sea abierto a la comunidad, que muchas veces eso no ocurría en otros países que sólo se trabaja la temática para el colectivo LGBT. Desde JAG queremos trabajar la inclusión con toda la sociedad, y eso tiene mucho que ver con los temas que se van a desarrollar”, señaló Gustavo Michanie, presidente de Judíos Argentinos Gays (JAG).

Además, el presidente del JAG destacó el aporte de la Embajada de Israel en Argentina, que será un auspiciante del evento, y también aseguró que su embajador, Ilan Sztulman, “está muy comprometido con la temática de diversidad” y que están teniendo varios encuentros. “Como el Shabaton coincide con los 25 años del atentado a la sede diplomática de Israel en Argentina, se hará una actividad especial en el Templo NCI-Emanu El y luego los participantes asistirán al acto”, agregó.

Por último, sobre las expectativas que tiene para este megaevento, aseguró: “Hasta el momento se están cumpliendo por la masividad que está adquiriendo este Shabaton. Además quiero destacar que hay muchos rabinos que no pertenecen a Fundación Judaica que mostraron su apoyo con el evento y desean participar”. Y dijo que, a partir del Shabaton, hay una “hermandad de la comunidad judía” que lo sorprendió.

Publicado por Kosherlat Jewish travel in Argentina and Cuba

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Convocatoria para jóvenes líderes comunitarios

AMIA Joven invita a participar del 29º Encuentro Internacional Nahum Goldmann, a realizarse del 5 al 12 de junio de 2017 en Israel.

Organizado por The Memorial Foundation For Jewish Culture, el evento reúne a jóvenes judíos interesados en aprender, vivir y compartir experiencias vinculadas a la identidad y vida judía, y constituye una excelente oportunidad para desarrollar el crecimiento personal y el liderazgo comunitario.

Para participar, es requisito excluyente tener entre 25 y 40 años de edad y dominio del inglés. Se ofrecen becas que incluyen inscripción al encuentro, hotelería y comida. El/la participante debe costearse el pasaje. Los interesados deberán enviar su CV antes del 20 de marzo de 2017 a amiajoven@amia.org.ar

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Where to go in 2017: Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America



BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA | ALEXANDR VOROBEV/SHUTTERSTOCK

One trip down Buenos Aires’ cobblestone streets, taking in the art-nouveau apartment buildings and Italian Renaissance-style palaces, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into an electric Old World party, and that everyone showed up. So grab a power nap and hydrate.


A city of night owls, true porteños, as the city’s residents are known, grab ice cream at midnight with their grandmothers, show up to the nightclub when most American bars are announcing last call, and never eat dinner before 10pm. Tango is just the tip. The leafy, tree-lined barrio of Palermo Hollywood ensures a night out that will rival that of the world’s best party cities: outdoor bars, swanky lounges, and intimate venues. Every night here is lit. Crowds spill onto the street. Even a gritty, graffiti-covered burger joint feels like the hottest spot in town.

BA is all about the secret addresses -- speakeasy staples like Frank's, closed-door dinner parties, and members-only 24-hour club pool parties at spots like Mansion Boreo or The Clubhouse. Once you’ve properly lost track of time, you'll find yourself topping off the night with helado (a cross between hard frozen ice cream and gelato). More than 2,000 heladarias (ice cream parlors) dot the city -- the only way anyone here knows how to cool down for even a moment. -- Andrea Kasprzak, Thrillist contributor

Monday, February 6, 2017

Purim 2017 en el Templo de Paso


Iberá Wetlands in Argentina, one of the places to go in 2017 according to the NY Times



NY Times

Reviving the world’s second-largest wetlands.
This 3.2-million-acre wetland in northeast Argentina is still off the radar for most visitors, overshadowed by Patagonia. But the government and organizations like the Conservation Land Trust are involved in an extensive “rewilding” project that is repopulating the area with plants and animals, including jaguars. And last year Tompkins Conservation began donating additional land for the creation of Iberá National Park, which, when complete, will be the largest protected natural area in Argentina. — KELLY DINARDO

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Friday, January 27, 2017

El deber de la transmisión y la memoria

Por Batia Nemirovsky para Infobae


El 27 de enero de 1945, el ejército ruso liberó Auschwitz Birkenau, el mayor campo de exterminio nazi. Los aliados ya sabían lo que estaba ocurriendo, pero sólo cuando derrotaron a Alemania el horror total fue expuesto, a pesar de los desesperados esfuerzos de los nazis en retirada por destruir pruebas del asesinato sistemático y masivo de judíos que llevaron adelante.

Cada 27 de enero, Día Internacional de Conmemoración de las Víctimas del Holocausto, el calendario nos convoca a recordar a las millones de personas que fueron asesinadas o cuyas vidas cambiaron inexorablemente por las trágicas consecuencias de lo que fue el hecho más brutal y atroz del siglo XX.

Hoy es un día para honrar a los sobrevivientes, aprender de las lecciones del pasado y reconocer que, si nos mantenemos indiferentes, estos hechos aberrantes pueden repetirse.

Un genocidio no se desata con una chispa como lo hace un incendio. Por el contrario, se trata de un proceso que comienza y crece si la discriminación, el racismo y el odio no son controlados e impedidos a tiempo.


El Holocausto ocurrió hace más de setenta años, pero los interrogantes que plantea tienen hoy plena vigencia en nuestras vidas.

Ignorar las masacres que se están registrando en distintos puntos del planeta, por mencionar sólo un ejemplo, es un acto de inhumanidad que no debemos permitir ni permitirnos.

Extinguir por todos los medios las llamas de odio que arden por doquier es hoy un imperativo para todos. En este sentido, la educación es una llave que nos permite tender puentes para conectarnos desde la esencia de humanidad que existe en todos nosotros.

Las jóvenes generaciones son el símbolo de la esperanza, los ciudadanos del mañana que tendrán la responsabilidad de impedir y anticipar cualquier hecho o conducta que pueda arrastrar al mismo ciclo de odio y violencia, que son la antesala de la barbarie. Para ellos trabajamos. Para ellos, entre otras cosas, desde AMIA producimos una diversidad de contenidos y recursos pedagógicos útiles para abordar el tema del Holocausto en las aulas. El sitio http://shoa-interpelados.amia.org.ar/ es sólo un ejemplo de ello.

Estamos convencidos de que la educación es la herramienta contra la ignorancia y el oscurantismo. En un mundo en ebullición, todos somos responsables y estamos interpelados a desplegar acciones educativas que contribuyan a la creación permanente de un mundo donde la paz y el respeto a la dignidad humana residan.

Tenemos el deber de la transmisión, de la memoria comprometida y vigilante para asegurar que nunca habrá en ninguna parte del mundo otro Auschwitz.

Como advierte Primo Levi al comienzo de su libro Si esto es un hombre, recordemos que el infierno ha existido en la Tierra. No olvidemos que el infierno todavía existe en la Tierra.

La autora es directora del área de Educación de AMIA.