Buenos Aires Itinerary. April 6 - 12, 2016

DAY 1 – Wednesday April 6 ( L, D)

Buenos Aires city tour (full day)

Shacharit at La Cava (The Brick hotel) at 8.45 am.

We will be meeting in the lobby of the The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires MGallery Collection at 11 am.

This tour will give you the opportunity to learn about the History of Argentina and its culture.

We will explore the colorful La Boca area with its open-air arts fair, Boca Jrs. Stadium and the famous Caminito street.

Then, we will visit San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, full of antique shops.
At the Civic Center we will see the Pink House, the Cabildo building (where the administration during the Spanish colony was located), the Plaza de Mayo (May Square) and the Metropolitan Cathedral. There we will see the homage that the Catholic Church made to the Jewish community. It consists of two glass plates between which there are prayer book pages rescued from the ruins of Treblinka and Auschwitz concentration camps and the Warsaw ghetto. There is also a Kadish score and two book covers: one is a book of tales in Yiddish found under the rubble of the AMIA building (the JCC that was bombed in 1994) and the other one is the Book of Samuel found while looking for survivors, after the Israeli Embassy exploded. All these buildings surround the Plaza de Mayo (May Square). We will continue going along the Mayo Avenue, where the Tortoni café, the oldest in town, is located. Afterwards we will continue to the National Congress of Argentina.

After lunch we will visit the cemetery of Recoleta, home to the grave of Evita Perón and most of the forefathers of Argentina.

We will finish our tour visiting Puerto Madero, the newest district of Buenos Aires, built by the Río (river) de la Plata. We will see the Woman Bridge, built by Santiago Calatrava.

We will be back at the hotel at 5.00pm.

Welcome dinner at Kosher Steak House.

Overnight at The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires MGallery Collection.

DAY 2 – Thursday April 7 (B, L)

Country Day at Estancia (Ranch) Santa Susana + lunch (Kosher BBQ, Argentinean style: ASADO)

Shacharit at La Cava (The Brick hotel) at 8.15 am.

After breakfast, we will leave the hotel at 9.30am to take an amazing Country Day at an Argentinean Estancia (estancia means ranch) , where we will enjoy outdoor activities, horseback riding and a Gaucho (Argentinean cowboy) Show. Kosher Asado (Argentinean style BBQ).
Back to the hotel at 6.30pm.

Dinner on your own

Overnight at The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires MGallery Collection.

DAY 3 – Friday April 8 (B, L, D)

Jewish tour + Teatro Colon (Opera House)

Shacharit at La Cava (The Brick hotel) at 7.30 am.

After breakfast, we will take a journey through the amazing past and present of the Jewish Community in Argentina.



Highlights of the itinerary:
- Israeli Embassy Memorial Plaza
- Once (it is pronounced ON-SAY) neighborhood (one of the most important Jewish quarters of Buenos Aires)
- AMIA Building (Jewish Community Center)
- Shaare Tefila (Sephardic, built in 1940)

After lunch we will visit the Israelite Congregation of the Argentinean Republic, the so called Libertad Temple. This congregation is the oldest in Argentina and is the one that hired Rabbi Marshall Meyer who arrived in Argentina in 1959. We will also visit the Jewish Museum of Buenos Aires.

One block away from the Libertad Temple we find the Teatro Colon, the Opera House of Buenos Aires, founded in 1908. This theater has one of the best acoustic qualities in the world. We will take a guided tour in English.

Check in at the hotel in Belgrano neighborhood (around 5.15 pm)

I will pick you up from Argenta Suites at 7.00 pm to walk to Comunidad Bet-El.

Getting ready for Shabbat. We will walk to Comunidad Bet-El for Shabbat services.
We will have dinner at Bet-El with the local congregants.

Overnight at the hotel at Argenta Suites.

DAY 4 – Saturday April 9 (B, L)

Shabbat at Comunidad Bet-El
Shabbat morning service at Comunidad Bet El at 9.30am. Shabbat kiddush and lunch at the congregation.

I will pick you up from Argenta Suites at 9.00 am to walk to Comunidad Bet-El.

Walking tour in Belgrano (optional) it will take an hour.

Havdala at the hotel in Belgrano.

Late check-out.

Back to the downtown hotel. The bus will leave right after the havdala, around 8.00 pm.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight at The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires MGallery Collection.

DAY 5 – Sunday April 10 (B, D)

Free day for your leisure + Tango Stravaganza

Shacharit at La Cava (The Brick hotel) at 9.15 am.

Valeria Duek will be at the hotel to give you orientation and suggestions on your day free.

Our suggestions: weekends are very interesting and busy in Buenos Aires. In San Telmo neighborhood, there is an outdoor antique fair at Dorrego Square. It’s a district full of antique stores, art galleries and parlors where you can find souveniers to take back home.

Recoleta quarter is definitely another interesting option. You will find tango dancers, musicians and other artists on the streets. We recommend visiting the Recoleta Cultural Centre and the Fine Arts National Museum. The Recoleta handicraft fair is the best in town.

In Puerto Madero we find the Faena Universe,  a very exclusive boutique hotel that usually hosts celebrities. It was decorated by the architect Phillipe Stark.

The Palermo Soho district blossoms on weekends. Stores with avant-garde design, exquisite cafes and fancy restaurants will make your journey more enjoyable. Nowadays it is the preferred spot for fashionable travelers in Buenos Aires. This neighborhood, once a run-down place full of warehouses, factories, and tiny, decaying homes as recently as 15 years ago, has been transformed into one of the city’s most chic venues.

Once you walk through Palermo Soho and begin to absorb its charms - cobblestone streets, enormous oak-tree canopies, and low-rise buildings giving a clear view to the open skies, you’ll start wondering why it had been forgotten for so many years. You will find a variety of art galleries, independent designer shops, the hippest restaurants and bars and the trendiest night clubs.

We will meet at the lobby at 7.00 pm go to downtown Buenos Aires to take a tango class followed by vegetarian dinner and a tango show at Tango Porteño.

Overnight at The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires MGallery Collection.

DAY 6 – Monday April 11 (B, L, D)
The capture of Eichmann tour, Delta of Tigre, Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano, Chessed activity at Ledor Vador  Nursing Home .

Shacharit at La Cava (The Brick hotel) at 7.45 am.

We will leave the hotel at 9.00 am sharp. 
After breakfast, we will visit the Delta of Tigre (30 kilometers away from Buenos Aires). On the way to Tigre we will learn about the capture of Eichmann, who was captured by the Mossad agents a few meters from his home on Garibaldi street, in San Fernando, a suburb of Buenos Aires.
At the delta we will take a boat ride (one hour).

Back to the city of Buenos Aires, we will have lunch and then we will take a visit to the Latin America Rabbinical Seminar “Rab. Marshall T. Meyer”, Masorti, founded in 1963.

Back to the hotel at 4.15 pm, we will get ready for the Chessed activity at Ledor Vador Nursing Home.

The bus to Ledor Vador Nursing home will leave at 5.30 pm.

Ledor Vador is the most modern nursing home in the country. Over half of the population of this home is supported by donations of contributors.

Led by the residents of Ledor Vador, the BJ’s visitors will learn how to make empanadas and alfajores.

(Alfahores: made with two round cookies with parve dulce de leche/caramel filling between them).

The visitors will wear aprons and chef’s hats decorated by the residents of Ledor Vador.

After the cooking class is finished we will learn about Ledor Vador, taking a tour of the nursing home facilities.

Dinner at a Kosher Steak-house.

Back to the hotel.

Overnight at The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires MGallery Collection.

DAY 7 – Tuesday April 12 (B)

Free morning for your leisure. 

Lunch on your own.

Late check-out.

Those of you who leave Argentina in the #954 American Airlines flight,  will meet Valeria Duek in the lobby at 5.45 pm to go to the Ezeiza international airport. 



Itinerary is subject to change.


El Calafate extension - Patagonia

Day 1 - April 3 Sunday
Arrival at El Calafate airport. An English-speaking guide  will take BJ group to the Los Alamos Hotel.
6.00 pm check-in

7.30 pm dinner
Assorted empanadas (corn and cheese)
Salmon with read bean and grilled zucchinis
Dulce de leche cheesecake with peach panacota
1 mineral water and 1 soda per person
Petite fours

Gluten Free Menue available.

Day 2 - April 4 Monday
Shacharit: 6.15-6.45 am at Salon El Aljibe (Los Alamos Hotel)

6.45 - 7.20 am breakfast

 PICK UP at 7.30 am

Navigation glaciers Upsala and Spegazzini. Box lunch included

Back to the hotel at 3.00 pm

Optional activity: Glaciarium 

7.30 pm dinner
Pumpkin cream soup
Pasta with the sauce of your choice: mushrooms and leeks, fileto (tomato), broccoli cream.
Pearl and apple strudel with toffee sauce and ice cream
1 mineral water and 1 soda per person
Petite fours

Gluten free menu available.

Day 3 - April 5 Tuesday
Shacharit 6.45-7.45 am at Salon El Aljibe (Los Alamos Hotel)

7.45-8.20 Breakfast

PICK UP 8.30
National Park Perito Moreno with Nautical Safari. Box lunch included.

4.00 pm transfer to the El Calafate airpot

Valeria Duek will meet your flight upon its return to Buenos Aires and take you to the Brick hotel.