Jewish Buenos Aires
Type of tour: private tour. Duration: 4 hours.
• Monday to Friday except Monday afternoon. The tour is NOT available during the weekend.
• Passengers choose starting hour.
• Pick up and drop off at your hotel, apartment or cruise ship terminal.
• Transportation throughout the tour in a modern and comfortable vehicle.
• Professional driver.
• Jewish English-speaking tour guide.
• Guided visit to Libertad synagogue, Jewish Museum and Great temple of Paso synagogue.
• 1 or 2 people: US$ 300 total for the group - Type of vehicle: CAR
• 3 to 13 people: US$ 400 total for the group - Type of vehicle: VAN
• 14 to 18 people: US$ 450 total for the group - Type of vehicle: MINI-BUS
• 19 to 23 people: US$ 600 total for the group - Type of vehicle: MINI-BUS
• 24 to 44 people: US$ 1000 total for the group - Type of vehicle: BUS
Contributions/donations to synagogues (additional fees)
• Libertad synagogue: US$ 10 per person
• Great Temple Paso: US$ 5 per person
Please note: Jewish Museum and Libertad synagogue are closed on Mondays.
If you take the tour on Monday morning, those sites will be replaced with a guided visit into the AMIA (Jewish Federation).
The guided visit to AMIA requires a donation of US$15 per person.
Some of the tour’s highlights
Jewish quarter - IFT theater - Great Temple of Paso synagogue - AMIA building - Israel Embassy Square - Monument to the Victims of the AMIA (Lavalle square) - Libertad Temple (the oldest synagogue in BA) and Jewish Museum - Homage in the Metropolitan Cathedral
We begin this tour in Once, one of the neighborhoods where the community first settled upon arrival. Nowadays it is still the Jewish district par excellence. There, we will see their shops, synagogues, schools, theaters and Jewish Community Centers.
We will make the first stop to get into Great Temple Paso, a beautiful synagogue created by Ashkenazi Jews.
We will see the AMIA´ s new building, which stands for Israelite Mutual Association of Argentina. Its original building was destroyed in 1994, in a terrorist attack where 85 people died. This is one of the most traditional institutions in Argentina. It is in charge of encouraging Jewish culture in the country, preserving its traditions and promoting the community´ s development.
We continue our tour in the Israel Embassy Square, which suffered in 1992 a brutal terrorist attack. The square was built in the place where the embassy once stood.
Then we will head towards the center of Buenos Aires. We will stop first at Lavalle square, where it is placed the Palace of Justice. There we will see the monument to the victims of the AMIA, a traditional venue of the organization Memoria Activa, which every Monday meets to demand the clarification of the attack.
Lavalle Square is also home to the most traditional Ashkenazi synagogue, the Libertad Temple. We will visit this amazing Byzantine style temple, which was Buenos Aires’ first synagogue.
Next to it stands the Jewish Museum, where we will find objects related to the Jewish presence in Buenos Aires, like pieces of religious art, menorahs and various objects belonging both to the Sephardic and Ashkenazi cultures.
To finish this interesting trip along the icons of Jewish culture in Buenos Aires, we will head towards the political center of Buenos Aires.
Once in May square we will enter the Metropolitan Cathedral. There we will see the homage that the Catholic church made to the Jewish community. It consists of two glass plates between which there are praying book pages rescued from the ruins of Treblinka and Auschwitz concentration camps and the Warsaw ghetto. There is also a Kadish score and two book covers: one is a book of tales in Yiddish found under the rubbles of the AMIA´s building and the other one is the Book of Samuel found while looking for survivors, after the Israeli diplomatic building exploded.