Diego Melamed


6 Jewish Things About the World Cup

By Diego Melamed

Colombia’s Coach Jose Pekerman is among the Jewish participants in the World Cup/Getty Images Read More


Pope Francis's Rabbi No. 2

By Diego Melamed

Pope Francis's Rabbi No. 2
(JTA) — Pope Francis is bringing along not one but two Argentinean rabbis on his trip to the Holy Land.Read More


The Town Called 'Jew Killer'

By Diego Melamed

The Town Called 'Jew Killer'
(JTA) — There is a town in Spain called Castrillo Matajudios, and in Colombia “Matajudios” is a common surname.Read More


First Argentine Jewish Lawmaker Wears Faith on His Sleeve

By Diego Melamed

First Argentine Jewish Lawmaker Wears Faith on His Sleeve
When he takes the oath of office in December as a new member of Argentina’s lower house of parliament, Rabbi Sergio Bergman will eschew the Christian Bible used by other legislators in favor of the Five Books of Moses.Read More






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