Michael T. Luongo

Forgotten History

Travel writer Michael Luongo explores the 10 most overlooked Jewish heritage sites — from a partisan fort in Lithuania to a historic congregation in New Zealand.

Though Jewish history began as early as 1680 in Uruguay, Montevideo?s Jewish community is new. Above, the local Holocaust memorial that feature quotations from Elie Wiesel, Maimonides and others.

Touring Montevideo’s Jewish Quarters

It’s a beautiful setting for such a poignant memorial: A rail line cuts through the grassy edge of the boulevard, overlooking the gentle waves of the Rio de la Plata, the wide, sealike river on Montevideo’s edge. Nearby, a high granite wall buffers a stone path leading to a chaotic plaza, the surroundings broken in the middle.

Fancy Balconies and Shutters: Paris-style architecture abounds in Buenos Aires, home to Latin America?s largest Jewish population.

Buenos Aires — A Travel Bargain With Star Quality

With its Paris-inspired architecture, visiting Argentina has been like traveling to Europe, but wholesale, and who doesn’t love a bargain. Since the 2001 collapse of Argentina’s peso, once equal to the dollar, it’s been a cheap alternative to Euro-land. In this recession, bargains are even more welcome.

The Yarmulke Fetish: A Matter of Pride

Something special happened to me the summer I turned 13. It wasn’t just that I became a teenager. As puberty progressed and hormones raced through my body, I came to grasp that I wasn’t simply becoming a man — I was starting to like men. This was the fateful summer I realized I was gay.After school ended, I spent the first part of vacation