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Abraham Lichtenbaum - Jewish Life in South America


Abraham Lichtenbaum will give a talk about the experiences of the first Jews in South America. Jewish immigrants were both Sephardic and Ashkenazic, and many of them had fled the European pogroms of the 18th century. Baron Hirsch’s Jewish Colonization Association facilitated mass emigration of Jews from Russia to agricultural colonies, particularly in Argentina and Brazil, and Jewish life in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile was rich and varied. Lichtenbaum will provide an intriguing and informative overview of South American Jewry: the folklore, literature, poetry, Yiddish press, theatre, and music; the underbelly of the culture: human-traffickers; and the rise of YIVO in Argentina. Avrohom Lichtenbaum is the executive director of YIVO Argentina and has taught Yiddish in Buenos Aires, NY, Vilnius, Warsaw and Hamburg. He will be speaking about the Yiddish immigrant experience in South America.

In Yiddish only.

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