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Finding Jewish Buenos Aires

Liz Spikol | Editorial Director | Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 9:12 am

Last April, my boyfriend, Brad, and I got bumped from a flight and each received $1,000 vouchers. We’d always been interested in Buenos Aires, so we planned a trip to Argentina. Gauchos! Tango! Steak! Jews!

I’d fixated on Argentina as Jewish place after a trip to Israel in my early 20s, when I met an old bookstore owner who’d moved to Israel from Argentina. We talked for a while about Jewish life in South America, and all these years later, I remembered our conversation fondly. I imagined I’d meet many old bookish Jews in Buenos Aires. After all, with a Jewish population estimated at between 180,000 and 250,000, Buenos Aires is regularly cited as the sixth-largest Jewish community in the world.

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