Pittsburgh and Argentina

Two trips on the horizon.

Pittsburgh and Argentina. So distant, so close

On October 27 – Mitzvah Day –  I will be leading a trip to Pittsburgh, exactly one year after the horrible attack against the Tree of Life Synagogue. A year has passed and I feel I owe that community my support. I have never been to Pittsburgh before, but my heart hurts and my soul still suffers with their loss, with our loss. As if the attack was yesterday. I feel I owe that community a hug, a word of consolation and a moment of silence. I invite you to join me.

This trip will be a chance to bond with fellow Jews and perform an important mitzvah, but we will also make the time together an opportunity to learn. On the bus to Pittsburgh we will welcome a speaker who will be teaching about anti-Semitism and how we should respond.

We will be able to participate in a Torah study to honor the victims at Tree of Life. Our bus leaves Beth El at 8 AM and returns around 10:30 PM. This trip is free of charge. If you are interested, please contact Ricardo Munster at rmunsterbethelmc.org . (Registration opens today, so we need to know ASAP)

I love to travel and I love Argentina, so I’m leading another trip to my South American home. After an awesome trip with 22 Beth El members last year, I would like to lead a trip for families this coming summer. Together we’ll experience all the family friendly sites including Buenos Aires, Iguazu falls, great steaks (and other delicious food), a tango show, a vibrant Jewish community, Shabbat experiences, and amazing ice cream!

The trip will be July 29–August 11, 2020. We will have an informational meeting on Thursday, October 24, at 7:30 pm, so mark your calendars and let me know if you are interested.

Earlier this year, one of the highlights of the Argentina trip was visiting the AMIA, the building of the Jewish community center. This year marked 25 years since the attack that killed 85 and injured many more.

Even though the nature of both trips is different, I feel deeply committed to show support to the communities in both of these areas that suffered from these attacks against the Jewish communities.

It is our moral obligation to stand up and make our voices heard.

In Pittsburgh, we will probably be the only out of town congregation participating in the ceremony. In Argentina, we’ll stand in the place where a car bomb took the life of 85 innocents.

In both places, we’ll pay our respects, bond with one another, and with the broader community.

I hope you can join me. I hope that together we can make a difference.



Posted by Rabbi Fabián Werbin

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