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Historic and Communal Museum of Jewish Colonization "Rabino Aarón Halevi Goldman"

Our museum is a historical museum belonging to the town hall of Moisés Ville. It is worth visiting it as it will let you know about the agricultural Jewish colonization in Argentina before Baron Hirsch’s action and about the development of the colony and town to the present days.

The first Jewish immigrants came from Kamentez, Podolsk (today Ukraine) in 1889 and settled in Moisés Ville, thus turning the town into the cradle of Jewish Colonization and the so called “Jerusalem of Argentina.”

This museum shows the settlement and organization of the town and colony, Baron Hirsch’s biggest settlement, the development of institutions and the changes in local society until nowadays. There are five permanent exhibition halls and two temporary ones which illustrate Jews’ rituals and religious belongings, and the history of the town as well, described by means of documents, photographs and objects.
Careful research has been carried out and our museum is therefore appreciated not only by people from our country but also by those who come from countries all over the world and are interested in knowing about our history.

The museum exhibits a valuable collection of documents and owns a specific library, permanently consulted by students, teachers, journalists, researchers, photographers and tourists, looking for relatives and ancestors.

Moisés Ville was recognized as a National Historical Place in 1999 because of its unusual settlement in the town and colony, as it is said, resembling the “shtetls” in the East of Europe. Furthermore, the town has the first Jewish Cemetery in Argentina and sheltered the first Rabbi in Argentina, Aaron Halevi Goldman, after whom the museum is named. What's more, our town had the first Agricultural Cooperative in the province of Santa Fe.

Moisés Ville is nowadays a cradle of cultural integration since you may find different cultures living, sharing and being part of the town’s identity. We celebrate this fact every year between April and May at the “Festival of Cultural Integration”.

There is also an important project shared by the museum and the local schools which aims at preserving the intangible heritage and memory giving identity to our town. Every year there is a public display illustrating their work, and a book called “Memoria oral de Moisés Ville: al rescate de la identidad” (Oral memory of Moisés Ville: to the rescue of the identity), was published and presented during the opening of the new auditorium (one of the areas in the museum) on July 5th 2008. This book is going to be introduced in A.M.I.A. (Argentinean Jewish Community Association) on May 16th 2009, at 8:00 p.m., as a part of the celebration of the 120th anniversary of Jewish immigration in Argentina. The ‘SHEM’ program, which offers young Jewish students the possibility of celebrating and experiencing a Sabbath in Moisés Ville, is also going to be described in the same social event.

If you are interested in finding out more information (in Spanish) about the history and development of the town and its institutions as well as about the project and programme mentioned above, please visit our website www.museomoisesville.com.ar, write to our e-mail museo_mv@veloche.com.ar or contact us at 0054-3409-420665.

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Museo Histórico Comunal y de la Colonización Judía "Rabino Aarón Goldman"

25 de Mayo 188 - (2313) Moisés Ville - Prov. Santa Fe - Argentina

Teléfono: (03409) 420665 - Email: museo_mv@yahoo.com.ar

Declarado de Interés Educativo Regional por el Ministerio de Educación y Cultura
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