10 March 2009

Argentina: Tracing Jewish gauchos, podcast

"Shalom Argentina" traces the Jewish gauchos and agricultores incorporated mate (a South American drink) without leaving aside their own traditions.

This podcast, by Rita Saccal, focuses on life in the JCA Colonies in Argentina.

The 25-minute presentation includes a brief history of the Jewish people after leaving Czarist Russia and arriving in a free Argentina, a place that would be their homeland. Their life in the colonies, aspects of Jewish publishing in those settlements, the migration of future generations to Buenos Aires, and the “revival” of the colonies through tourist trips are all covered.

Saccal has worked at the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano “Marshall T. Meyer” in Buenos Aires since 1989 and has served as its head librarian since 1997.

The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) offers audio lectures, panel discussions, author talks and more.

AJL promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship.

It fosters access to information, learning, teaching and research relating to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel. There is also an AJL blog, People of the Books. There is a list of Internet resources here, although no Jewish genealogy sources are listed.

See the complete podcast list here.

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