Jews and Jewish Identities in Latin America: Historical, Cultural, and Literary Perspectives

Jews and Jewish Identities in Latin America: Historical, Cultural, and Literary Perspectives

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Edited by Margalit Bejarano, Yaron Harel, Marta Topel, Margalit Yosifon

Series: Jewish Latin American Studies
ISBN: 9781618116482 (hardback)
Pages: 426 pp.; 11 illus.; 4 tables
Publication Date: November 2017

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This collection of articles constitutes a major contribution to the growing field of Latin American Jewish studies, offering different perspectives on the rich and complex phenomena in the social, political, and cultural development of Jewish communities in the area.

The essays span across a wide range of subjects, from comparisons between Jewish communities from different countries and with different levels of assimilation, the effects of globalization and transnationalism on the field, the interactions between Jews and non-Jews in the area, all the way to literary criticism.

Based on an international conference organized by the University of Sao Paulo, the Dahan Center of Bar Ilan University, and the Academic College in Ashkelon, this volume offers a new approach to Latin American Jewish studies: it contributes to demystifying stereotypes and raising awareness of the importance of Latin America in a global context, and it highlights the relevance of the different Jewish communities across the globe in their special relationship to the state of Israel.  


Margalit Bejarano is a researcher at the Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry and Emeritus Lecturer in the Department of Romance and Latin American Studies, Hebrew University. She has published extensively on Cuban Jewry, Sephardim in Latin America, Cuban and Latino Jews in Miami, and oral history.

Yaron Harel is full professor at the Department of Jewish History at Bar-Ilan University. He is the vice-chairman of the Israeli Historical Society, and incumbent of the Yekutiel and Hannah Klein Chair in the History of the Modern Rabbinate in Europe, Bar-Ilan University. His research deals with political, social, and cultural history of the Jews in the Middle East in modern times. He is the author of twelve books and several articles. 

Marta Francisca Topel is an anthropologist, researcher, and lecturer in the Program of Jewish and Arabic Studies at the University of São Paulo. She has written extensively about Jewish Orthodoxy both in Israel and in the Diaspora. She has also published several articles about Israeli society. 

Margalit Yosifon is a senior lecturer and a researcher in the Department of Education at Ashkelon Academic College. She has published extensively on sociology of education, teaching methods, and diversity and evaluation in education.


Reviews

Jews and Jewish Identities in Latin America presents an important and impressive collection of essays. Each article—from the analysis of contemporary literature on Jews and Jewish identity in Latin America to the various papers on the Argentine Jewish institutional infrastructure—is meritorious in its own right. ... The richness of this book lies in the variety of subjects and the depth with which each author delves into their specific area.
— Laura Limonic, Reading Religion
Jews and Jewish Identities in Latin America: Historical, Cultural, and Literary Perspectives raises some fundamental questions concerning new modes of Jewish belonging, its cultural and religious interactions. These considerations seem to be more and more necessary, for we must have a clearer understanding of the singularity of contemporary Judaism and Jewishness in Latin America, by taking into account both the benefits and the perils of an increasingly dynamic and paradoxical global configuration.
— Maurício G. Righi, Pontifical Catholic University, São Paulo, Brazil, International Journal of Latin American Religions

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Jewish Communities of Latin America
Margalit Bejarano, Yaron Harel, and Marta Topel

PART 1: GLOBALIZATION, TRANSNATIONALISM, AND LATIN AMERICAN JUDAISM AND JEWISHNESS

Chapter 1: Expansion and Interconnectedness of Jewish Life in Times (and Spaces) of Transnationalism: New Realities, New Analytical Perspectives
Judit Bokser Liwerant

Chapter 2: Changing Identities in a Transnational Diaspora: Latin American Jews in Miami
Margalit Bejarano

Chapter 3: Globalization, Education, and Jewish Community Life: Latin American Transnational Jewish Educators—Toward a New Paradigm?
Yossi J. Goldstein

Chapter 4: Informal Jewish Education: Argentina’s Hebraica Society
Silvia Schenkolewski-Kroll

Chapter 5: The Effect of the Global Economic Crisis on the Affordability of Jewish Lifestyle in Latin America
Eli Goldstein and Osnat Israeli

PART 2: THE TWENTIETH AND TWENTY-FIRST CENTURIES: THE EMERGENCE OF NEW JEWISH RELIGIOUS IDENTITIES, AND THE CREATION OF SINGULAR INTERACTIONS BETWEEN JEWS AND NON-JEWS

Chapter 6: Jerusalem, the Diaspora, and the Jewish Home: The Transfer of the Axis Mundi in Contemporary Judaism—The Case of São Paulo
Marta F. Topel

Chapter 7: Blacks, Jews, and the Paradoxes of the Struggle against Racial Prejudice in Contemporary Brazil
Monica Grin

Chapter 8: The Circulation of Jewish Agents and Jewish Symbolic Goods inside the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God
Carlos Andrade Rivas Gutierrez

Chapter 9: Identities, Migrations and Religious Practices: The Jews and Argentineans of Syrian and Moroccan Origin (from the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century to the Early Twenty-First Century)
Susana Brauner

Chapter 10: Brazilian Virtual Orthodox Jewish Education in the Twenty-First Century
Daniela Susana Segre Guertzenstein

PART 3: ZIONISM—MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS: HISTORY, DIPLOMACY, POLITICS, AND EDUCATION

Chapter 11: The Beginnings of Brazilian Zionism: Historical Formation and Political Developments
Michel Gherman

Chapter 12: The Creation of the Relations between Israel and Brazil from a Pioneering Perspective: Between Diplomacy and Kibbutz
Meir Chazan

Chapter 13: The World Jewish Congress, the Jews of Argentina, and the Military Junta, 1976–83
Itzhak Mualem

Chapter 14: Educational Excellence Program in South America—Case Study
Margalit Yosifon

Chapter 15: The Local Role of the Mordechai Anielewicz Movement in Uruguay during and after the Six-Day War
Graciela Ben Dror and Victor Ben-Dror

PART 4: FROM JEWISH WRITERS IN LATIN AMERICA TO LATIN AMERICA IN ISRAELI CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE

Chapter 16: But at Night, at Night, I Still Dream in Spanish—The Map of Imagination of Israeli Literature: South America
Yigal Schwartz

Chapter 17: From Batiste Linen to the Empire at Palatnik Villa—Centennial Records of Economic Life in Natal’s First Jewish Community
Nancy Rozenchan

Chapter 18: Between Nostalgia and Utopia: Stefan Zweig in Brazil
Luis S. Krausz

Chapter 19: Representation of the Shoah in Brazilian Literature
Berta Waldman

Chapter 20: Samuel Rawet and the Representation of the Holocaust
Saul Kirschbaum

Index