Buenos Aires is home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America and is considered the sixth largest city outside of Israel in numbers of people of Jewish origin.
While the traditional neighborhood of Orthodox Jews is Once, Buenos Aires Jews today are scattered throughout the city, the same goes for synagogues and temples, schools, cultural centers, restaurants and bakeries.
That’s why the kosher cuisine is also the most diverse and abundant in Latin America. In Buenos Aires there are supermarkets, butcher shops, food stores and restaurants with food supervised and approved by rabbis. There are also restaurants and cafes with Jewish specialties, both Central Europe and the Middle East, they are a walk and a pleasure for the palate.
The cultural influence of Judaism in Argentina Buenos Aires became a Latin American cities with more goods and kosher restaurants. For example, according to the New York Times, in the Abasto shopping is the only place in the chain McDonalds is kosher rules outside of Israel.
These are the main spots:
-Gran Templo Paso:
Russian and Polish immigrants founded the “Talmud Torá Harishonio”(initial study of sacred books) in the late 1890’s. This was the first institution of Jewish education settled in the country.
Paso 423, Balvanera
The first precedent of the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina – Israeli Argentine Benefit Society) dates from 1894. One hundred years later, its headquarters of the Pasteur Street suffered from a bombing attack where 85 people were killed, Argentina’s deadliest terrorist attack. This is one of the most important institutions of the Jewish Argentine community.
Pasteur 633, Balvanera
-Monument to the victims of AMIA
The work, from 1999, was performed by Yaacov Agam, an Israeli artist and sculptor. The monument was located on a square in the headquarters of the AMIA.
Pasteur 633, Balvanera
-SHA: Sociedad Hebraica Argentina
A group of Argentine intellectuals and professionals of Jewish origin founded this society in 1926. Its headquarters has five gymnasiums, a covered swimming pool, a theatre with a capacity of 800 spectators and murals of artists as Antonio Berni, Juan Carlos Castagnino, Demetrio Urruchúa, Juan Battle Planes and Luis Seoane.
Sarmiento 2255, Balvanera
-Museo del Holocausto
This museum tells about the Jewish Shoa through temporary and permanente exhibitions. It compiles the testimonies of hundreds of survivors who rebuilt their lives in Argentina. All the exhibitions intend to make our memory work in order to foster the spread, through texts, objects and documents.
Montevideo 919, Recoleta
-Museo Judío Dr. Salvador Kibrik
This museum, inaugurated in 1967, keeps the most important treasure of the Congregación Israelita Argentina. Salvador Kibrik himself, who fostered the foundation of this museum, donated rolls of the Torah, antique religious books, mezuzot, old coinds, ritual paintings and objects. This museum also has documents of the first Jewish colonists in Argentina, writers and common people from our country who belonged to this community. There are also files of this order from its foundation, in 1862. A must see object is a hand-written Moroccan Torah from the 16th century.
Libertad 761, San Nicolás