20 junio 2019 / 17 Sivan 5779‎
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With a centennial history, AMIA is the main institution of the Jewish community in Argentina.

Created in 1894 by a group of Jewish immigrants, AMIA holds a bond with several Argentine people from the beginning up to the end of their lives.

In its early days, one of its first actions was the foundation of a community cemetery. The first Jewish immigrants were thus able to comply in their new home with the millenarian laws and customs that rule the history and traditions of the community whenever a beloved one dies.

With the successive immigration flows, AMIA’s activities grew and diversified. As from 1920, with the increase of the Jewish population in Argentina and its progressive integration in the society, AMIA became the space of gathering and participation for the Jewish people living in Argentina. Its historical house in Pasteur 633, which opened its doors in 1945, reflected the drive of its development.

AMIA launched important initiatives, such as Consejo Central de Educación Judía (Central Council for Jewish Education), Federación de Comunidades Judías de la Argentina (Federation of Jewish Communities in Argentina), and Fundación Tzedaká, among others.

In 1994, to commemorate the centennial of its creation, AMIA organized a series of celebrations that were abruptly disrupted on July 18th, when international terrorists placed a bomb at its building. Since then, AMIA has been struggling relentlessly to have the perpetrators and masterminds of said attack judged and sentenced.

Every year, the institution hosts memorials and conducts actions to demand for justice in honor of the 85 people murdered in the deadliest terrorist attack ever perpetrated in Argentina.

Five years after the bombing, on May 26, 1999, AMIA’s new building was inaugurated in the same place where the old one was located. Under the motto “For Justice and For Life”, the institution officially reopened its doors at 9.53, the exact time the bomb had exploded.

On June 13, 2006, AMIA inaugurated its new building at Uriburu 650, where the Centro Integral de Adultos Mayores (CIAM, for its Spanish acronym) and the Social, Childhood, Disabled, Volunteer Service area of AMIA’s Employment Service and the Program Valor are located.

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