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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-09-20

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Creative Jewish Life Is Thriving in Mexican Community

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
60—Friday, September 20, 1968

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By CHAIM LAZDEISKI
maintains a Yiddish-Hebrew teach- ing here of anti-Semitic literature
(Copyright 1968. JTA Inc.)
ers' seminary which has an en- in Spanish for distribution through-
MEXICO CITY — The Mexican rollment of 75—all of them girls. out Latin America. Official circles
Jewish community numbers • about Local traditions do not permit indicated at the time that it was
30,000 (it still has no official pop- mixed education. There are also best not to attach too much im-
ulation record) and its members three small yeshivot, one of them portance to these activities. It was
are active and creative in all maintained by the community of pointed out that the danger in
phases of Jewish life. But it faces Jews from Aleppo, Syria.
Mexico from such activities was
a number of unique problems.
T
The
community allocates about not great and that Mexico per-
This community has long been
noted for its Yiddish and Hebrew a quarter of its annual budget for mitted freedom of speech and ex-
school system. Today these schools education but there is dissatisfac- pression. This was interpreted as
u and concern over the nature advice that the Jewish community
are facing a curriculum problem on
had every right and possibility to
and weight must be given to secu- of the education the school sys-
lar courses in Spanish. The Jew- tem provides. Within a short time, defend itself against anti-Semitic
incitement, and the publication of
the
first
and
oldest
of
the
day
ish community here has seven day
counter-attacks. The community
schools, four of them under the schools will be marking its 45th
aegis of the Ashkenazi sector and anniversary. Many of its pupils has not failed to avail itself of
these possibilities.
are
children
of
former
pupils
and
three sponsored by the Sephardic
Jews hold important positions
and Syrian elements. The Ashke- some are grandchildren of former
in Mexican commerce and indus-
nazi Kehilla, Nidhe Israel, also students.
try.
There ate areas in which
The combined registration in
Jewish participation is, percent-
all the community schools is
agewise, out of proportion to
about 4,500. This is a much
Holiday Greetings from
the number of Jews in the coun-
smaller proportion of the school-
try (the Jews constitute one-
age
population
than
the
Mexican
ROBIN HOOD'S
tenth of one per cent of the total
Jewish schools formerly served.
Where Only the Finest and
population).
Best Foods Are Served
At the height, 80 per cent of the
Jewish children here attended
Jews are prominent in the film
20176 Livernois
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the Jewish schools. But even to-
world, the press, literature, radio
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and television. There are many
day's registration is a fairly high
Jewish professors on faculties of
percentage and is greater than
national universities and many
in other Latin American Jewish
communities.
Jewish physicians chemists, engi-
New Year Greetings
There is a feeling however, that neers and architects have achieved
to Our Friends and Patrons
the schools are not providing the distinction. Two of three Jews hold
education they formerly gave their high posts in the government. In
students and that th, accomplish- addition, Jews are well represent-
ments are meager. The commun- ed in finance.
Even the severest critics must
ity does not expect' the schools to
18018 James Couzens
produce Jewish' writers, educators admit that the Jewish, community
342-2233
and communal workers. Under of Mexico has been 'more philan-
present circumstances, the schools thropic and has shown more con-
must devote most of the time and cern for the welfare of the poor in
Best Wishes To All Our Friends
effort to the educational programs Mexico than any other national or
and Customers For a Happy
in the Spanish language. Not too ethnic minority. The community
and Joyous New Year
much time is left for the Yiddish has already contributed more than
and Hebrew studies. But the fact $1,000,000 for the Mexican school
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•tilliMfrrirrinnnnnrrinnrirInnIP vironment and climate. On the to promising students and profes-
whole, Mexican Jews can be proud sors.
of the young graduates of their
There are hundreds of Jewish
schools.
students in the universities and
LE SHONO TOVO
As is the universal experience, many of them distinguish them-
To All Our Friends
the Ashkenazi community, the Se- selves.
For a Bright New Year
phardic
community of Spanish-
Economically the Jews of Mex-
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speaking Jews and the Syrian Jews
ico are generally well off, as
from Damascus and Aleppo all
their support of Israeli causes
have to struggle with the problem makes evident. About 75 per cent
of mounting costs to maintain their
of them are in trade-and indus-
v.
schools and ever-rising deficits.
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Best Wishes and A Happy
GREETINGS
New Year
it represents the community in its ,
relations with Jewish institutions
abroad. Represented in this body
are the Jewish Sports Center, com- i
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posed primarily of the youth, the i
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Council of Jewish Women, the Mex-
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ican lodge of Bnai Brith, the local i
342-4300
647-7037
representation of the American L—.
Jewish Committee and of, other
leading world Jewish organiations.
Happy New Year To Our
Best Wishes on
The Jewish Central Committee
Friends and Patrons
has been affiliated with the
the New Year
MIDWEST FIRE
World Jewish Congress for more
ADJUSTERS, INC.
than 25 years. Representatives
Mackey Co.
of Bnai Brith and the American
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and Allen Gross
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in the Comite de Tribuna Israel-
ita, the anti-defamation commit
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Holiday Greetings
There is no serious problem of
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industrialists. From time to time,
some of the newspapers may let
New Year Greetings
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lish artickte of a pro-Arab anti-
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try. Some of them are in the
large industries of the country
and in exports and imports.
About 15 per cent are engaged
in the professions, such as medi-
cine, engineering, chemistry and
architecture. But this rosy pic-
ture does not mean that all Mex-
ican Jews are rich. There are
Jewish families here that barely
eke out a living. The Jewish Re
lief Society, the major philan-
thropic institution in the com-
munity, must provide financial
assistance. The needy ill and
those requiring medical and sur-
gical treatment are aided by
OSE.
Most of the cultural activities
of the community are in the hands
of the education department of
Ashkenazic Kehilla. The smaller
communities generally d e v o t e
themselves to religious culture and
to Israeli causes.
Almost all Mexican Jewish insti-
tutions and organizations suffer
from chronic deficits. The only ex-
ception at present is the elegant
Jewish Sports Center, which must
frequently increase its monthly
membership dues.
The extent of Mexican Jewry's
communal' and cultural efforts is
such as to elicit surprise and ad-
miration from visitors from abroad.
They find it difficult to believe
that all the intense activity here
is supported by a community of
only 30,000, some 1,500 of whom
reside outside the capital area.

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