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  • Hasta la vista, Mexico

     My Mexico adventure is ending in an hour, and as expected the final day was a whirlwind, but so very worth it. I visited the historic district of central Mexico City, home to the earliest Jewish settlement in the country, did some proper touring around La Condesa, where the Jews lived in the fifties, and saw… More ▸

  • Hasta la vista, Zacatecas

    For a country notably lacking in conveniences I evidently take for granted — uncontaminated drinking water, for one; vegetarian alternatives to enchilladas con queso for another — the Internet in this country is pretty amazing, and often free. Starbucks provides wi-fi, so does (sometimes) the bus company ETN that took us to Guadalajara and back, and… More ▸

  • Eating Mexican in Mexico

    First, muchas gracias to the Jewish community of Guadalajara for their hospitality the last two days. Rabbi Joshua Kullock and the Conservative community hosted us for a pre-fast meal and Kol Nidre on Sunday night, and Fanny Mizrahi and the older Orthodox community took care of us on Monday and for the break fast. I’ll… More ▸

  • Mexico belly

    It’s practically a given in the life of any Mexico tourist. At some point you will ingest something disagreeable, maybe the tap water, or an insufficiently cleansed vegetable, or maybe some particularly potent poblanos, and for a few days you’ll be cursing the gods and making many an anguished trip to the bano.  I’ll spare… More ▸

  • Teaching Yiddish in Mexico City

    Shortly after 10:00 on Wednesday, I set out for one of Mexico City’s three Yiddish schools — so-called because they retain a significant amount of Yiddish language and culture in the curriculum. My appointment was at 11, and an hour later we were still driving — first past Polanco, the more urban Jewish area where… More ▸

  • Zacatecas!

    The Wandering Jew touched down in Zacatecas yesterday evening and, before I even had a chance to drop my bags, found myself in the middle of a callejoneada, these street parties here that involve a mariachi band, a donkey wearing a sombrero, and liberal amounts of mezcal dispensed from water cooler jugs. They apparently happen… More ▸

  • El presidente

    Tuesday I met with the president of Comite Central de la Comunidad Judia de Mexico, Oskar Gorodzinsky, and the organization’s director, Mauricio Lulka. Gorodzinsky is a father of three who works in the family business and looks a little like Silvio Berlusconi. When I arrived he asked to keep the meeting to 45 minutes because… More ▸

  • Radio free Mexico

    As many Mexican Jews will tell you, despite the community’s relatively small numbers — with some 40,000-50,000 souls, Mexican Jews make up .04 percent of the country’s population — they are nonetheless believed to number many more. That’s predominantly a function of the community’s relative affluence and outsized influence on the wider culture.  When I… More ▸

  • Viva la Mexico!

    The Wandering Jew landed in Mexico City just before 3:00 this afternoon and was met outside the terminal by Hector, the driver hired by my hotel. I am staying in the Condesa neighborhood, an area that was a main location of Jewish life before the increasing affluent Jews decamped for the tonier suburbs to the… More ▸

  • As Mexico Awaits Final Vote Result, Jews, Like Others, Watch and Wait

    Mexico’s Jewish community is keeping a low profile in the wake of contentious presidential elections, taking a wait-and-see attitude as the runner-up challenges the results by claiming electoral manipulation. In line with the community’s conservative tradition, the bulk of Mexico’s approximately 35,000 Jewish voters are believed to have cast their ballots July 2 for Felipe… More ▸