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THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF MEXICO 39,400 Jews. DESCRIPTION OF MEXICO Mexico is a Spanish-speaking country about three times the size of Texas, made of 31.

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1 THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF MEXICO 39,400 Jews

2 DESCRIPTION OF MEXICO Mexico is a Spanish-speaking country about three times the size of Texas, made of 31 states and one federal district. The capital is Mexico City. Mexico's 40,000-strong Jewish community is unique and varied, and made up of several communities, each with distinct traditions. The main communities are Alianza Monte Sinai; the Ashkenazi community – the biggest community; the Maguen David Community; and the Sephardic Community, primarily made up of descendents of immigrants, and also very old generations that descend from Spain. The Mizrahi community is mainly immigrants who attend the Maguén David and Monte Sinai congregations. Mexican Jews refer to the Mizrahim as "judíos árabes" or "Arab Jews".Mizrahim DESCRIPTION OF MEXICO’S JEWISH COMMUNITY

3 WHERE JEWS LIVE IN MEXICO Most of Mexico’s Jews live in the capital Mexico City, while the rest inhabit the cities of Gaudalajara, Monterrey, Tijuana and Cancun 70 families 150 families 70 families 180 families

4 HISTORY OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY Due to the power of the church in Mexico, few Jews migrated there during the Spanish Colonial Period. In the 1860s, a large number of German Jews settled in Mexico as a result of invitations from Mexico. Beginning in the 1880s many Jews fleeing from Russia and Romania came to Mexico. Another large wave of immigration occurred as the Empire collapsed, leading many Jews from Turkey, Morocco, and parts of France to flee. Finally, a wave of immigrants fled the increasing Nazi persecutions in Europe during World War II.hurch MexicoEmpire MoroccoNazi It's the Mexican-Jewish cultural festival! Mexican-Jewish cultural festival! Oy-le! There is kreplach on tostadas, A pupik in our piñata, We kibitz when we lambada. How are things in Ensenada? We put bottles on cabezas. We do mitzvahs up on mesas. And we're coming to your places, With big smiles upon our faces. JEWISH SONG FROM MEXICO

5 INTERESTING FACTS Mexico is one of just a handful of countries whose Jewish population is projected to grow in the future. In 1938 The Central Committee for the Jewish Community of Mexico emerged as the organization for the varying ethnic and Jewish communities in Mexico. Mexico's 40,000-strong Jewish community is unique and varied, and made up of several communities, each with distinct traditions. They eat cholent at a Kiddush after a Saturday synagogue service. The Jewish Central Committee of Mexico represents the Jewish community in relations with the government and with Jewish communities around the world. Israelitaits public opinion and analysis agency, promotes an ongoing dialogue with opinion leaders and implements joint programs with national organizations aimed at sensitizing citizens to the phenomena of antisemitism and racism. High enrolment in Jewish day schools and a very low rate of XXXXXX characterize the community, which provides a wide range variety of periodicals published monthly reflect. SPECIAL CUSTOMS


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