Where does a pirate who wants to meet Latin-American Jews go on vacation?

…Arrrr-gentina!

This post is by Amy and Rebecca

We like Latin-American Jews too, and we got to hang out with tons of them today! We started off the day at the Jewish day school in Rosario, which educates students from 6 months old to 18 years old. We first watched cute 4 year olds dance before splitting up into three groups and interacting with students who are 5 years old, 12 years old, and 16-17 years old. The group that interacted with 5 year olds taught them the song “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” although the children ended up teaching us more Spanish than we taught them English! We visited the 12 year olds during their English class, where they presented us with information on Rosario’s culture in English, as well as some yummy homemade Argentinian treats. The group with the teenagers spoke to us about their culture, shared some popular Argentinian songs with us, and even showed us how to dance the tango! We engaged in informal yet meaningful conversations with them, and it was a lot of fun.

We enjoyed lunch in an outdoor area of the Kehila while contributing to interesting conversation about the Jewish community of Rosario with a Rosario Kehila leader and the community’s rabbi. Rabbi Scott noted that although the Jewish communities of Rosario and the ones we know in the United States are very different, we share many of the same challenges in maintaining Jewish life. With full stomachs, we started our main project in Rosario, refurbishing a housing unit for a mother and two children who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford housing. We got hands deep in some paint, transforming the unit into a more livable space.  We realized in our debriefing session that because there are Jews all over the world, we can feel at home almost anywhere we go, including Argentina. Being able to help provide an actual home for our fellow Jews has been extremely meaningful. We discussed how a community is made of people with shared interests, passions, goals and struggles. As we met many Argentinian Jews throughout the day, it became clearer that we were really all part of one community despite language barriers, music taste, and cheek kissing habits.

We finished off our night at Beit Scopus, a center for Jewish young adults. We enjoyed pizza with curious toppings such as hard-boiled eggs and parsley while dancing the night away with our Argentinian friends. We look forward to meeting more Argentinians as well as continuing our service projects tomorrow!

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April 2, 2014 at 11:06 PM

 

 

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