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¡Hoy Es Cinco de Mayo!

Celebrate Mexican Jewry

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Cinco de Mayo festivities last year in downtown Los Angeles.(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

A reminder that Mexico has a 40,000-strong Jewish community; that Jewish habitation of Mexico began with conversos who came over with Spanish conquistadores in the 16th-century and maintained their Judaism in secret; and that famous Mexicans claiming Jewish descent have included artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo as well as prominent journalist Ilan Stavans, author of Nextbook Press’s Resurrecting Hebrew.

So have yourself a tequila Chuckles (I’m going to get in trouble for that suggestion) and celebrate.

The Jewish Virtual History Tour: Mexico [Jewish Virtual Library]
Earlier: Like Water for Passover

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¡Hoy Es Cinco de Mayo!

Celebrate Mexican Jewry

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