Jewish Women in Mexico

By Paulette Kershenovich

Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women, November 1, 1999

This study focuses on Mexico City where 95% of Mexican Jews live. It includes a historical overview of the Jewish community in Spain, emphasizing gender dynamics, women's lives, and the emergence of women's organizational leadership. Traditional gender role expectations continue to play a strong role in the lives of Mexican Jews. 88.7% of all Jews appear in synagogue only during the high holidays; most deeply identify with their Jewishness but not with their religiosity; the community is very close-knit and unified in its Jewish identity; nearly 90% of the children belong to a youth movement and nearly 75% support and participate in the community. Most Jews in Mexico consider themselves Jews first and Mexicans second. Jews in Mexico for the most part do not mix with other Mexicans. The intermarriage rate is a low 3.1%.

Topic: History, Immigration, Mexican Jewry, Women

Name of Publication: Working Paper Series

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: Mexico

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kershenovich, Paulette. Jewish Women in Mexico. Working Paper Series. Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women. 1 November 1999:


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