Ariela Bodner - Bespoke Jewish Tours!
Argentina is home to around 250.000 jews making it the largest Jewish community in the region and between the fifth and the sixth in the world!
Few communities in the world are so vibrant and engaged as the Jewish community in Buenos Aires!
Get to know this wonderful South American city from a Jewish perspective, through Jewish eyes and the ever present sparks of Yiddishkayt at every step!
Having worked for the largest Jewish humanitarian organization in the world for more than 18 years, I have welcomed legions of overseas visitors and federation´s missions to whom I introduced into the country´s rich Jewish heritage and present Jewish life and culture.
I invite you to connect, celebrate and foster Jewish history and identity, and its major impact on the world.
Tour length: 3.30 hs. approx. It could be a walking tour or I can rent a private car at disposal. I pick you at your hotel or where it´s convenient for you!
Some of the sites we visit: AMIA Jewish Federation (upon special request), Libertad Synagogue, Jewish Museum of Buenos Aires, Israeli Embassy square, Once Jewish neighbourhood or "Shmatta district", Paso Synagogue, Shoah memorial, we could even stop at the Kosher Mc Donalds! and much more!
Feel free to get in contact, I´ll be happy to respond and hopefully meet you personally in your upcoming visit to Argentina, for a memorable taste of Jewish BA. I promise!
My Professional Bio:
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, within a traditionalist Jewish family, Ariela graduated from Maimonides Jewish Day School, Institution where her mother, proudly developed her passion for Jewish Education through her work as Principal for 25 years.
It was thanks to her family background and education that Ariela took immense pleasure in actively participating, getting involved and working for the Argentine Jewish Community.
Having collaborated with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world´s leading Jewish Humanitarian Assistance Organization, for the last 18 years, Ariela has acquired a practical experience in different areas of the organization, holding the responsibility of assisting the regional and the Special Programs Directors, and coordinating a vast agenda of missions and overseas visitors to whom she introduces into the lively and vibrant world of the Jewish Community in Argentina.
In this role, among other duties, Ariela has been responsible for the overall coordination of missions, the contact with US institutions, Jewish federations and donors; a task which not only involves planning and logistics but also direct contact with people through Jewish Community briefings, Jewish general sightseeing and Institutional touring.
Prior to joining JDC, Ariela obtained degrees in Jewish Studies and Hotel Management, having worked in the hospitality industry for several years, until she decided to devote herself to the Jewish institutional life.
Passionate about Jewish learning, making Jewish connections and sharing Jewish life in Argentina, Ariela also became a licensed Jewish tour guide, tremendously enjoying this experience, and definitely making this tour a highlight in your trip!
Ariela is 45 years old, married and has two children.