The Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano is JTS's educational affiliate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Seminario's mission is to provide Jewish leadership not only within Argentina, but to all of Latin America. Many members of the Seminario faculty were trained at JTS, and its students spend one year studying at SIJS in Israel alongside rabbinical students from the JTS campuses in New York and Israel.
The Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano "Marshall T. Meyer"
Jose Hernandez 1750
Buenos Aires, Argentina
54 11 4783-2009/ 54 11 4783-6175
Fax No. 54 11 4781-4056
Founded in 1962 by Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer z"l, the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano is the academic, cultural, and religious center of the Conservative Jewish Movement (Masorti) in Argentina and Latin America. Its central objective is to train and ordain rabbis, with the aim of spreading and perpetuating Judaism in Latin American communities.
Since its inception, seventy-one rabbis (including six women) have been ordained by the Seminario. Currently, they work in communities in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico, Paraguay, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and the United States.
Apart from the A. J. Heschel program, which seeks to train and ordain rabbis, there are several other educational institutes:
Instituto Superior de Estudios Judaicos "Mijlelet Abarbanel" (Upper Education Institute of Jewish Studies) provides tertiary studies with a major in teaching at Jewish primary and secondary schools and/or with pre-rabbinical orientation. Degrees are endorsed by the Israeli Ministry of Education and the University of Haifa.
Escuela de Jazanim y Maestros de Canto "Bet Asaf" (Hazanim and Singing Teachers School) provides tertiary-level Jewish, music, and liturgical studies.
Arkavá (puzzle) for adults offers adults a Jewish perspective for exploring contemporary ethical and existential dilemmas from our sources.
Arkavá (puzzle) for youth familiarizes students fifteen to seventeen years old with traditional sources from the Torah and halakha that they can relate to contemporary issues of sexuality, addiction, violence, discrimination, and other important subjects, for young people's education and growth.
In May 1996, the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano "Marshall T. Meyer" received one of the most prestigious awards in the Jewish world: The Zalman Shazar award for educational institutes studying the Diaspora. This prize is significant for many reasons: primarily as recognition of the noteworthy contributions of rabbi Marshall T. Meyer z"l, founder of this institute, and in recognition of the many teachers, committee members, and students who devoted their time and effort to its development. The award also confers international educational status and encourages the Seminario's supporters to go on making this institution into a pillar of Judeo-Argentine education.
The Seminario has a library that is considered the most complete and up-to-date collection of Jewish studies resources in Latin America. This achievement has been made possible by the generous support of the Seminario's benefactors and friends. Currently our library has approximately 50,000 volumes in Hebrew, English, Spanish, German, Yiddish, French, and Italian.
Our library is visited by rabbis, teachers, and students from all religious persuasions and from many schools and universities throughout Argentina. For example, over the past few years, teachers from Argentine Catholic universities such as Universidad Católica Argentina, Universidad del Salvador, University of Palermo, and University of Buenos Aires have sent their students to do research about subjects including the Holocaust, the Spanish Inquisition, international relations, and comparative religions. Owing to such interfaith relations, many priests, seminarians, and teachers from Catholic and Protestant schools and universities from all over the country come to the library as well, in order to get information on religious and philosophical subjects.
Since 1995, the Library has been the only Latin American bibliographical member of the Association of Jewish Libraries, which represents Jewish libraries worldwide. Thanks to this international acknowledgement, we have been visited by many researchers from the United States and France who look for information about subjects such as anti-semitism, immigration, and the impact of Argentina's period of dictatorship.
Today we are fully committed to the creation of an association "Amigos de la Biblioteca" (Friends of the Library).
The Seminario has published approximately forty books on different aspects of Jewish civilization and culture and Jewish history and philosophy. These include books by Abraham J. Heschel, Elie Wiesel, and Leo Trepp, as well as bilingual editions of the siddur, Mahzor, Passover Haggadah, and Humash, with accompanying commentaries. The Library also produces a periodical publication, Maj'shavot, with articles devoted to publicizing popular books on contemporary Jewish thought.
For more information, y para información en español, please visit www.seminariorabinico.org.ar.