Argentina

Map of Argentina Baby Help offers essential supplies and supportive activities to poor Jewish families in Argentina, and helps them celebrate Jewish holidays and lifecycle events.

Argentina is home to Latin America’s largest Jewish population, the 7th largest Jewish population 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 sizeable 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.

Today, in collaboration with the local Jewish community, JDC:

See how JDC is helping young leaders like Kevin shape the future of Argentinean Jews.


DID YOU KNOW?

To aid poverty-stricken families battling hunger during Argentina’s economic collapse, JDC piloted its model supermarket debit card program, which has since been exported to the former Soviet Union to help tens of thousands of needy Jews purchase food with dignity each month.

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