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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸