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  • 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 ▸

  • Mexico’s Jewry Aided Quake Victims

    Within hours of last month’s earthquake here, the entire Jewish community was mobilized. Volunteers helped rescue teams get people out of buildings, and community centers turned over their facilities for disaster relief. Thirty-seven communal institutions served as shelters and food assistance centers. This was revealed here by Bernardo Weitzner, president of the Comite Central Israelita… More ▸

  • JDC Reports More Than $300,000 in Donations, Pledges for Mexico Relief

    The American Jewish community and members of the general public moved with alacrity in response to the Mexico City earthquake and the announcement that the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) was opening its mailbox to earmarked donations. The JDC, the overseas relief agency of the American Jewish community, announced today that donations and pledges… More ▸

  • Ham Radio Reports from Mexico City Indicate the Jewish Community Was ‘most Likely’ Spared Brunt of Q

    Ham radio reports received by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) indicate that the Jewish community of Mexico City was “most likely” spared the brunt of the damage done by the earthquake there September 19. This confirmed earlier reports of several Jewish organizations here. Jewish communal facilities on the outskirts of the affected area… More ▸

  • Six Jews Among the Victims in Mexico City’s Earthquake

    Six Jews were killed by the earthquake that devastated the center of Mexico City last Thursday. They were buried yesterday, Rabbi Morton Rosenthal, director of the Latin American Affairs department of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today. Between 3,000 and 5,000 people were killed in the earthquake. One of… More ▸

  • B’nai B’rith Allocates Initial $1,000 for Disaster Relief in Mexico

    B’nai B’rith International has allocated an initial $1,000 for disaster relief in Mexico and called on its lodges, units and individual members to make similar contributions. B’nai B’rith International president Gerald Kraft, who announced the plan to aid the victims of last week’s disastrous earthquake, said that funds would be distributed as soon as the… More ▸