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  • 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 ▸

  • Around the Jewish World in Mexico City, Cardinal Works to Improve Catholic-jewish Ties

    With centuries of anti-Semitism weighing on the Roman Catholic Church, some might consider Mexico City’s 338-year-old Metropolitan Cathedral — an imposing symbol of Christianity with a vast interior crammed with crucifixes and religious icons — an unusual place to find sympathy for the Jewish people. Indeed, less than a block away, street vendors hawk Spanish… More ▸

  • In Mexico City, Anti-semitism Gains a Hold in Market and Salons

    At the Lagunilla flea market, a longtime Sunday staple in Mexico City, you can buy antique furniture, musical instruments, post cards, cameras, dishes and movie stills — and, at one stall that bears a swastika flag, books with titles such as “The Anti-Christian Conspiracy” and “The Holocaust Under the Magnifying Glass.” The latter, by Jurgen… More ▸

  • With New Community Leader, Mexico’s Jews Push for Reform

    In a time of increasing terrorism and rising anti-Semitism, many Jewish communities around the world have made security their No. 1 concern. But in Mexico, the country’s Jews have both the fortune and misfortune of having concerns about economic security atop the community agenda. The new president of Mexico’s Central Jewish Committee says he is… More ▸