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

Thursday, February 9, 2017

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


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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