Montevideo has a soft spot for all things Jewish! Located where the Río de la Plata meets the Atlantic Ocean, Montevideo is the southernmost capital in the Americas. Though modest, today’s Jewish community in Uruguay numbers around 20,000 people.
Montevideo’s Jewish heritage is a religious patchwork of various ethnic waves of immigration. As early as the 16th Century, Jews had made their way to the lands of Uruguay during Spanish and Portuguese colonization of South America. Under duress, many Jews were coerced to convert to Christianity under the Spanish inquisition. Even under these circumstances, many conversos continued to practice Judaism in secret.
Modern history saw German and Italian Jews emigrate from their homelands to Uruguay during the 1920s and 1930s, and later Hungarian and Russian Jews, mainly of Ashkenazi persuasion, arrived during the 50’s.
Enjoy the unique cultural heritage of the Jewish community in Montevideo with Milk and Honey Tours! Our guides will go out of their way to bring to life the historical and contemporary links that have marked Jewish history in the region.
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