This essay examines Mexican Jewish documents through which that community navigated the political terrain of post-Revolution Mexico. Central to this discussion is tension between Jewish desires to become part of this new nation and the imperative to remain a discreet cultural and religious community. I first examine the pressures of assimilation in 1920s Mexico exemplified by José Vasconcelos 1925 La raza cosmica and then probe the Yiddish-speaking Jewish community's response and self-definition in relation to a rapidly developing nation, using two case studies: the Jewish community's political position publicized in the 1929 Asociación de Jóvenes Israelitas de México bulletin and the relationship between Yiddish poet Itzhak Berliner and muralist Diego Rivera.'
LAII Research Paper Series 59
The Latin American and Iberian Institute of the University of New Mexico
Mexican Jewish documents, post-Revolution Mexico, José Vasconcelos, La raza cosmica, Yiddish-speaking, Asociación de Jóvenes Israelitas de México, Itzhak Berliner, Diego Rivera
Merfish, Beth. "Striae Re-Negotiated: The Self-Definition of the Yiddish-Speaking Jewish Community in the Era of Mexicos Raza cósmica." (2013). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/laii_research/56