argentina & chile
in partnership with Jconnect Seattle
May 10-19, 2020
Inside Jewish Argentina & Chile, exclusively for young professionals from the Seattle area, is an opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of South America and to engage with the vibrant Jewish communities in Buenos Aires and Santiago. This trip is run in partnership with Jconnect.
- Experience international travel with other young professionals from Seattle
- Soak up the natural scenery of the Andes on a hike overlooking Santiago and experience Buenos Aires’ famous sites – Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery – and trendy neighborhoods such as Palermo, La Boca, and San Telmo
- Visit the only Jewish firehouse outside of Israel: La Bomba Israel in Santiago!
- Engage with Jewish institutions in both Argentina and Chile and participate in exchanges with local students and young professionals
- Learn about JDC’s critical interventions during and following the 2001 economic crisis in the areas of medical and welfare assistance, jobs training, elder care, and beyond
- Participate in dynamic conversations around the value of global Jewish responsibility
- Immerse in the local culture – dance tango, stroll through craft markets, drink Malbec, enjoy asado a la parilla (BBQ), and more!
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”
– Dalai Lama
Roundtrip flights between Seattle-Santiago and Buenos Aires-Seattle and local transportation within Argentina & Chile
Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
Medical and emergency evacuation insurance
May 10-19, 2020
dates include international travel days
January 12, 2020
About JDC in Argentina & Chile
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 sizable 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.
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 Valparaiso-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.
About Jconnect Seattle
Jconnect Seattle offers young adults the opportunity to find and build community, engage in Jewish life and holiday celebrations, and to experience the diverse activities available in Seattle. Jconnect provides 1,500 young Jewish adults with access to 10-12 events per month annually. Their events touch on a wide variety of topics including Shabbat and holidays, social justice, outdoor activities, Israel, arts and culture, and professional and leadership development.
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