By Adina Cimet
In a century choked with social desires and abhorrent calamities, the survival of a small cultural ethnic workforce isn't any small tale. Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews arrived in Mexico within the early years of this century. nearly all of those 40,000 Jews stay in Mexico urban and feature performed so for many of the 80 years of this communal test. Arriving with few assets, the Ashkenazi created a community of corporations to maintain their cultural survival in a rustic that had its personal complicated cultural context. This neighborhood selected its personal survival course; whereas winning in confronting a few concerns, it confronted difficulties of identification and social unity that reflect modern dilemmas far and wide. the writer examines the actual exchanges that came about among minority and majority, and displays at the demanding situations for multicultural dwelling formed through pluralism, democracy, and socio-political tolerance.
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They are fighting against the Walter McCarran immigration act. L. "? In the United States, more than anywhere else, and among Jews more than any other group, an ideology of "immigrant gifts to America" proclaimed successfully that pluralism was a national need. 8 In Mexico, pluralism was not rationalized to that degree, and Jews were certainly less daring in identifying it as a "need" for the country. There was no underlying ideology in Mexico that Jews could apply and elaborate as in the United States.
This population had The Reestablishing of an Acquaintanceship 19 incorporated vast elements of Western culture and the Catholic religion, and, to some degree, the most structural characteristic of the Western society that controlled them: the language. But many indigenous groups, perhaps as many as a hundred, diverse in size and spread out over the country, had remained, despite this history, distinctive cultural and linguistic subgroups. Mexico reflected the liberalism of the Enlightenment, offering a similar response to its cultural wars of identity.
The attempts that the Alliance Israelite had initiated in 1882 in response to a Mexican overture did not lead to anything either. In 1887 another project was sponsored by Lionel Samuel, a member of a London Jewish family living in Mexico; this also failed. " Their example could be, he said, beneficial to the country. The Catholic press declared itself against the project. 13 A project launched by the Territorialists, a group formed by the British Zionist writer Israel Zangwill (1864-1926), also failed.
Ashkenazi Jews in Mexico: Ideologies in the Structuring of a Community by Adina Cimet