The Buenos Aires Kollel was reestablished in 2018. Led by David and Sarah Saied, it strives to develop the newly renewed religious Zionist community in the city after it has been in a significant retreat for several years.
The shlichim operate in the Belgrano neighborhood in northern Buenos Aires, the home of a large Jewish community of 40,000.
The project is the result of a process that began about four years ago, when the younger generation of local Jews, mostly from non-religious families, began to search for a suitable community framework. In light of the fact that only Haredi and Conservative communities were active, the young people decided to renew the religious Zionist community, which was more suited to their religious character. With hundreds of active members, the community realized the potential of bringing in shlichim from Israel.
The delegation was made possible by the exceptional cooperation between World Bnei Akiva, the World Mizrachi movement, Torah MiTzion, the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency. The name chosen for the joint project is ‘La Casa‘, which means “home”.
Spotlight on Buenos Aires, Argentina:
Jews in Buenos Aires: ~40,000
Population: 2.89 million
Year founded: 2018
Roshei Mishlachat: 1