Structuring Jewish Buenos Aires at the end of the long nineteenth century

Raanan Rein*, David M.K. Sheinin*

*Corresponding author for this work

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A common Jewish Argentine creation story begins in 1889, with 824 Russian Jews disembarking in Buenos Aires and ushering in three decades of massive Jewish migration to that city. In six key themes, this article expands the parameters of that story chronologically, spatially, culturally, and politically. It focuses on the Jewish gaucho (skilled horseman) as an iconic representation of the intersections of Jewish and non-Jewish Buenos Aires; the meanings of neighborhood; the tragedy of ‘white slavery’; cultural institutions; Sephardic porteños (Buenos Aires residents); and the Jewish anarchists and socialists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-500
Number of pages15
JournalJewish Culture and History
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2023


  • Buenos Aires
  • gaucho
  • immigration
  • neighborhood
  • white slavery


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