Out of retirement to lead congregation in paradise

ONE of Alberto Zeilicovich’s first duties as a Conservative rabbi was to officiate the funeral of a 20- year-old congregant, murdered by a drug cartel while enjoying a night out with his friends at a disco.

It was the late 1980s in Medellin, Colombia, and Zeilicovich had entered the pulpit at the height of the Colombian drug wars and the reign of notorious kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Two years later, he would bury another member of the congregation murdered by the cartel.

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