Uruguay, a small country nestled between the huge territories of Argentina and Brazil on South America’s Atlantic coast, doesn’t have a large, active Jewish community and is not a common destination for Jews .
For anyone alive to football romance, and who likes to feel the life of a country, Uruguay is frankly much more fun.
We’d heard that there was a crypto-Jewish community in Uruguay dating back to the 1700s, but although the evidence was paltry, we did find a dwindling modern community led over the years by a series of dedicated rabbis doing their best to put the brakes on assimilation.
One thing you can’t deny though — the friendly Jews holding their kehillah together make the best barbecues ever Sitting Together Rabbi Spitz has a tough job.
On a bright Saturday afternoon I drove through Montevideo’s northern suburbs with sports journalist José Gallo, with no sign of a football stadium in sight.
Although Montevideo is home to around only 1.3 million people it’s a sprawling city, with rambling barrios or neighbourhoods of single-storey houses interrupted by empty grass.