Inside Jewish Latin America 2017 (Argentina & Chile)

August 6, 2017 - August 14, 2017

Applications for this trip are now closed.

Participants of Inside Jewish Latin America will gain an in-depth understanding of Latin America’s largest Jewish communities - Chile and Argentina! These communities are diverse, vibrant, and strong. Latin America features a rich Jewish history, strong institutions, innovative programming and inspiring Jewish leaders, young and old.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Taste a traditional Chilean dinner & wine tasting with local young professionals 
  • Visit the Jewish school in Valparaiso, Chile and engage with students
  • Experience Buenos Aires’ famous sites – Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery – and trendy neighborhoods such as Palermo, La Boca, and San Telmo
  • Learn about JDC’s critical interventions during the 2001 economic crisis in the areas of medical and welfare assistance, jobs training, elder care, and beyond, with JDC Director of Welfare Services, Vivana Bendersky
  • Modern dance with elderly community members at AMIA, the main Jewish communal organization of Argentina
  • Understand the impact of the 2001 crisis through a briefing with economics expert, Professor Andres Borenstein
  • Engage with young Jewish adults through a visit to Moishe House Buenos Aires and an interactive program with BBYO teen participants
  • Dance tango, drink Malbec, enjoy traditional asado (BBQ) and experience Fuerza Bruta!

Click here to view the full sample itinerary.

Trip Dates: August 6-14, 2017

Participation fee: $2,400 USD, not inclusive of flights

*Do not let the price of the trip stop you from applying. JDC Entwine has subsidies available. Click here to learn more.

The trip cost includes:

  • Local transportation within Latin America
  • Meals
  • Hotel Accommodations (note: the participation fee covers accommodations in double rooms; participants may elect to stay in a single room for an additional fee)
  • Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance

Participants will be expected to submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 upon notification of selection.

Final payments (which may vary based on individual subsidies) will be due two months before departure.

To learn more click here for a FAQ.

Flight Details: Participants will be responsible for booking their own round-trip airfare to Santiago and departing from Buenos Aires. Travel logistics details will be shared upon notification of acceptance.

About JDC in Argentina: Argentina is home to Latin America’s largest Jewish population, the 7th largest in the world. A prosperous community for most of its history, which dates back to the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitions, Argentina’s Jews were devastated by the 2001 economic crisis that turned middle-class families into “the new poor” virtually overnight.

JDC responded immediately and efficiently to the Jewish community’s sizeable needs, leveraging decades-long partnerships to expand existing relief services to aid those hardest-hit by the crisis. More than 10 years later, with the local Jewish institutions’ overall health largely restored, JDC has resumed its historic role in Argentina as a community-development expert.

About JDC in Chile: Chile is home to the third-largest Jewish community in South America. Jewish immigration to Chile began in earnest in the 1840s. The first Jews who arrived in Valparaíso, a coastal city near Santiago, were from Europe, especially from Germany and France. Chile’s diverse Jewish community today, made up of both Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, is mainly located in Santiago, with Jewish families also living in cities such as Concepcion and Valpariso-Vina. The community supports a JCC, two Jewish day schools, and synagogues. In 2010, JDC, which provides technical assistance to many Latin American countries including Chile, intervened to aid in the relief effort after an 8.8 magnitude earthquake devastated parts of the country. 

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