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  • Around the Jewish World in Mexico, Hebraic University Tries to Stem Crisis of Jewish Education

    Jewish education in Latin America is facing a crisis, and a small university here is trying to stem it. Mexico City’s Hebraic University, the only government-accredited Jewish university in Latin America, is positioning itself to serve communities thousands of miles away through Internet-based courses, traveling seminars and other international initiatives. “In 10 years, we want… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World in Mexico, Jews Hail New Law Against Anti-semitic Discrimination

    Mexican Jews are pleased that the government has begun implementing a recent law that explicitly prohibits anti-Semitic discrimination. The Federal Law to Prevent and Eliminate Discrimination — which one government official called “one of the most advanced laws of its kind” — passed unanimously in both legislative chambers in April and was signed by President… More ▸

  • Israel, Mexico Join to Fight Drugs

    Israel and Mexico have signed an agreement to fight drug trafficking between their countries. The accord was signed this week by Foreign Minister David Levy and his visiting Mexican counterpart, Angel Gurria. The two also signed agreements to establish regular consultations between their ministries and to waive their countries’ visa requirements for holders of diplomatic… More ▸

  • Jewish High School Student Found Murdered in Mexico City

    A Jewish high school student killed in Mexico City fell victim to “sheer misfortune,” not because of her religion, according to a Jewish official there. Paulina Rayek, 18, was found dead Monday, several hours after she did not return home from the Naye Yiddische Schul, where she was a 12th-grader. Her body was discovered in… More ▸

  • WZO Emissary in Mexico Found Dead in Apartment

    Shlomo Biran, a World Zionist Organization emissary, was found dead in his Mexico City apartment Sunday, officials said. Biran, 59, had been bound and a cord had been wound around his neck. It is believed that he was murdered during a burglary, because the apartment was in disarray and a number of items were though… More ▸

  • The Jews of Mexico: Mexican President Courts Jews in Attempt to Inluence U.S. Bill

    Late in 1991, leaders of the Mexican Jewish community had a rare audience with the country’s president, Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Toward the end of the meeting, Salinas announced that he had just instructed the Mexican delegation to the United Nations to vote to rescind the infamous 1975 U.N. resolution equating Zionism with racism. Salinas’… More ▸

  • Mexico Officially Recognizes Judaism

    Mexico has given official recognition to Judaism, in accordance with a new constitutional amendment designed to protect the rights of religious organizations, the World Jewish Congress has reported. Interior Minister Patrocinio Gonzalez Garrido received the leadership of Mexico’s Jewish community at the official registration, according to a report the WJC received from the Comite Central… More ▸

  • Mexico’s Cardinal Visiting Israel

    Justice Minister Avraham Sharir met here Thursday with Cardinal Ernesto Korfio Omada, spiritual leader of 80 million Mexican Catholics, who is visiting Israel. He used the occasion. to extend a formal invitation to Pope John Paul II to visit Israel. Omada will have an audience with the Pope in Rome after leaving Israel, to be… More ▸