Ambassadors to Argentina – Update #1

Hi Family & Friends,

Please enjoy the following update from two teens from our trip!

“Wednesday started Ambassadors to Argentina, and we are all so excited to be here! On the first day we started by taking time to get to know each other and share some typical ice breakers and other games from our home communities. We got to talk about how the Jewish community is in each country and what we do to contribute to it. Before starting on our first city tour through the northern part of Buenos Aires, we remembered the 24th anniversary of the terrorist bombing at the AMIA Jewish institution here in our community by reading a testimony written by a Director from Hebraica about what happened that day, on the 18th of July in 1994. Our walking tour that afternoon showed us different traditional and historical structures, and we ended by visiting the famous Memory Park where we saw all the names of the people who were kidnapped or killed by the military government in Argentina between the years of 1976 and 1983. When we got back to the hotel we had some free time to hang out where we could play, chat, listen to some music and get to know each other more. After this first day i’m very happy and really excited for all that is still to come! I’m looking forward to strengthening some friendships and making many new ones!”

—LARA EMBON

“On Thursday, we had breakfast in the hotel, sharing time with our new friends and A2A family. Next we went to explore Jewish Buenos Aires, visiting the AMIA Jewish institution, with a guide telling us the story of how the Jewish community has grown here in Argentina. We had a great time there even though it was raining so hard! Then we went to a beautiful and historic synagogue called Libertad, which is one of the oldest synagogues in the city and has a museum full of special Judaica. We had lunch at a major shopping mall in the city center that is owned by a prominent Jewish family in Buenos Aires, which includes the only Kosher McDonald’s in the world outside of Israel. After lunch, we traveled to the La Boca/Caminitos neighborhood, where we explored the unique colorful houses called “conventillos,” which we learned were once shared by up to 15 immigrants families. We had a wonderful, traditional kosher asado barbecue dinner at Yaakov House, a special Jewish hostel that gives rooms for Jews traveling to Argentina from all over the world, and especially Israeli soldiers traveling after their service. We did activities and played games, shared meaningful stories and had a wonderful time. We are so happy to be here and can’t wait to head out on our next adventure to Pilar and then Iguazu Falls over the next few days!”

– JULIETA GORO

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