Buenos Aires, the most-visited city in South America, is known for its sophisticated and eclectic European-inspired architecture, its hundreds of bookstores and theatres, its thriving art and music scenes and of course…tango!
Jewish Buenos Aires is as exciting as Buenos Aires itself. Home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America there are a multitude of sites, services and a multi-cultural Jewish history here. Along with the first sailors who gave the city its name “good winds” came Crypto Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition and Portuguese Jewish traders. In the 19th and 20th centuries waves of Jewish immigrants came from Eastern Europe turning the city into a Yiddish capital. Hear the story of Baron Hirsch who sponsored new immigrants by buying land and helping set up a Jewish colony. Visit the former garment district of Once often compared to New York’s “lower east side.” We will visit the district of Recoleta and its beautiful 1862 Ashkenazi Libertad Temple as well as the Or Torah synagogue with its onion-shaped dome built by Syrian Jews in the 1930s to give us insight into the Sephardic community.
National politics never leave a Jewish community unaffected. Find out how the Perón era affected the Jews of Argentina. Hear the story of Nazis accepted into this country after WWII and the capture of Adolf Eichmann. At Plaza de Mayo you will learn that some of the mothers mourning their ‘disappeared’ were Jewish. A visit to the destroyed and now re-built Jewish Federation Building (AMIA) will remind us of anti-Semitic attacks in recent decades. A colorful and powerful memorial by Israel artist Yaacov Agam stands in the courtyard. Buenos Aires is unique in including a Holocaust memorial in the main Metropolitan Cathedral--a moving testimony of inter-faith courage of Jorge Mario Bergoglio--now known as Pope Francis.
You can go to the only kosher McDonald’s outside of Israel, hear about the Jewish gauchos (cowboys), and about famous citizens like Laszlo Biro, inventor of the ballpoint pen, or the celebrity conductor Daniel Barenboim. With a sub-tropical climate and average temperatures of 28 °C (82 °F) Buenos Aires attracts over 2.5 million visitors a year. Come and join Milk & Honey Tours in an exciting, pluralistic city and feel the tango-spirit!