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Private Jewish Buenos Aires Tour

Country: Argentina
City: Buenos Aires
Duration: 3 Hour(s) - 30 Minute(s)
Tour Category: Half Day Tour

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Argentina’s Jewish community is the largest in Latin America, with approximately 200,000 people, of whom nearly 180,000 live in Buenos Aires. Its origins trace back to the 16th century when Jews from Spain, Portugal, and Northern Africa came to our shores. Nevertheless, most of them came from Western Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The presence of this community in the city’s political, economical, and cultural life is very strong and has left a lasting mark on Buenos Aires. In this tour, we’ll visit some of the places that have typically been associated with it, and that now has become part of the city’s historical and cultural heritage.

Our tour starts at the Embassy of Israel Square, built on the spot once occupied by the Israeli embassy until 1992 when a brutal terrorist attack destroyed it. In order to preserve the memory of this terrible event, the old façade has been kept; 22 trees were planted in the square, commemorating the same number of victims; and two large plaques were placed to represent fraternity between Jewish and non-Jewish people.

Next, we visit the new building of the Argentine-Israel Benefit Society, best known as AMIA. Its original building was destroyed by a new terrorist assault in 1994 that killed 85 people. This institution is one of the most traditional in Argentina. Its mission is to promote Jewish culture in our country, keep its traditions, and foster the development of the Jewish community. Nevertheless, its doors are open for every Argentinean, and it offers job and educational opportunities to anyone interested.

Our next stop is the Shoa Museum, built to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. This small but well-planned museum shows objects, images, and testimonies related to the life of Jewish people in Argentina and Europe.

Ending our journey, we visit the neighborhoods typically associated with the Jewish community: Abasto, where we can find (at the Abasto Shopping Mall) the only McDonald’s franchise serving kosher food in the world –outside of Israel; Villa Crespo and Once, where we’ll visit the Templo Paso, one of the most important Ashkenazi synagogues in the country.

Some places visited: Paso Temple, AMIA, Abasto, Villa Crespo, Once, Shoe Museum.

Approximate duration: 3:30 hours

Included Services:

• Bilingual guide specializing in Jewish history.

• Transportation and transfers in a comfortable, top-of-the-line vehicle. Uniformed driver.

• Entry tickets to AMIA, Paso Temple, Shoa Museum, and guided visits.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This tour is only available from Mondays to Fridays.

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