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Ashkenazi Jews in Mexico
Ideologies in the Structuring of a Community
Ashkenazi Jews in Mexico
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Adina Cimet - Author
SUNY series in Anthropology and Judaic Studies
Price: $52.50 
Hardcover - 231 pages
Release Date: January 1997
ISBN10: 0-7914-3179-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3179-5

Price: $29.95 
Paperback - 231 pages
Release Date: January 1997
ISBN10: 0-7914-3180-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3180-1

Price: $29.95 
Electronic - 231 pages
Release Date: February 2012
ISBN10: 0-7914-9914-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-9914-6

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An account of the life of the Ashkenazi Jews in Mexico in this century highlights the intersection of cultural and political international problems, shedding light on the contemporary condition of minorities the world over.

In a century full of social dreams and abhorrent calamities, the survival of a small cultural ethnic group is no small story. Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews arrived in Mexico in the early years of this century. The vast majority of these 40,000 Jews live in Mexico City and have done so for most of the eighty years of this communal experiment. Arriving with few resources, the Ashkenazi created a network of organizations to sustain their cultural survival in a country that had its own complex cultural context. This community chose its own survival path; while successful in confronting some issues, it faced problems of identity and social cohesion that mirror contemporary dilemmas everywhere. The author examines the particular exchanges that took place between minority and majority, and reflects on the challenges for multicultural living shaped by pluralism, democracy, and socio-political tolerance.

Adina Cimet is affiliated with the YIVO Institute at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents



Part 1

Chapter 1 The Reestablishing of an Acquaintanceship

Chapter 2 The Development of the Communal Structure

The Building of a Structure

Expansion and Culmination of the Structuring Efforts: The Kehillah

Part 2

Chapter 3 Profiles of Thought: The People behind the Ideologies

The First Ideological Conflict: Journalist and Critic Salomon Kahan and Poet Jacobo Glantz

A Politician amidst Vanished Politics: Bundist Tuvie Maizel

Still Praising What Was Lost: Communist Boris Rosen

Conflict turned Consensus: Shimshon Feldman, Politician Par Excellence

Within the Winning Ideology, the Inescapable Diaspora Questions: Zionist Avner Aliphas

The Ideology of the Outsider: Ideologue, Writer, and Pedagogue Abraham Golomb

Part 3

Chapter 4 Confrontations That Produced Structural Changes: Five Case Studies

The Process of Consolidation (The First Experiment): The Creation of the Central Committee

The Ideological Delimitation of Political Control:Communists, Bundists, and Zionists

Content Legitimation and Control: Education and the Growth of the School Network

The Control of Form: The Language Conflict

Incomplete Allowance: The Politics of Interrelation




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