CARMEL, Argentina -- Through the years, they've seen Jewish schools and synagogues close and said tearful goodbyes to the young who migrated to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires.
But in hamlets with names like Sajaroff and Sonnenfeld, a tight-knit community of Jewish elders, some in their late 80s, fight to hold back time. On Argentina's endless plains only a few Jewish cowboys still ride. Synagogues once filled with pious congregants now stand empty and forlorn on the edge of soybean fields.
"My main objective was to be a jazz-playing clown. That kind of worked out."