Abraham Lichtenbaum (Argentina)

Abraham Lichtenbaum: “Jewish Life in South America”

Sunday September 2, 1pm, Miss Lou’s Room, FREE

Abraham Lichtenbaum is the Executive Director of YIVO Argentina and has taught Yiddish in Buenos Aires, NY, Vilnius, Warsaw, and Hamburg. His presentation, entirely in Yiddish, will examine the experiences South American Jewry from its beginnings to the present. The original Jewish immigrants to South America 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 also rich and varied. Lichtenbaum will provide an intriguing and informative overview of South American Jewry, including: the folklore, literature, poetry, Yiddish press, theatre, and music; the underbelly of the culture; human-traffickers; and the rise of YIVO in Argentina.