Leader of Argentine Jewish community dies at 57

While maintaining close ties with the government, Cichowolsky was very critical of the lack of progress in the investigations into the terror bombings of the Israeli Embassy in 1992 and the AMIA Jewish community center in 1994. More than 100 people died in the attacks combined.

He also criticized the government for not taking measures against Iran, which he considered responsible for the bombings.

During his tenure, Cichowolski made efforts to distance himself from his predecessor and mentor, banker Ruben Beraja. Beraja left the DAIA after a financial scandal that forced the shutdown of his Banco Mayo bank, one of the primary funders of Jewish communal activities in Argentina.

Cichowolsky was buried Dec. 12 at La Tablada Cemetery near Buenos Aires. He is survived by his wife, Silvia, and three children.