Originally published in 1987, this collection of essays is a major contribution toward developing a realistic picture of the Latin American Jewish communities in the late 20th Century. The book will be of interest to students of comparative studies, Jewish studies and Latin American studies and responds to the need to learn more about the Jewish communities of Latin America, both as a fragment of the Jewish diaspora and as an element in the economic and social life of the continent.

part I|10 pages


chapter 1|8 pages

Jewish Studies as a Subject of Latin American Studies

ByGilbert W. Merkx

part II|58 pages

Historical Issues

chapter 2|20 pages

Sephardic Immigration to Argentina Prior to the Nazi Period

ByVictor A. Mirelman

chapter 3|12 pages

Jewish Roots of Brazil

ByAnita Novinsky

part III|116 pages

Comparative Dimensions

chapter 5|14 pages

Adaptive Strategies of Jews in Latin America

ByRobert M. Levine

chapter 6|49 pages

Demographic Trends of Latin American Jewry

BySergio DellaPergola

chapter 7|21 pages

The Origins of Zionism in Latin America

ByHaim Avni

chapter 8|28 pages

Jewish Education in Latin America

ByDaniel C. Levy

part IV|68 pages

Adaptation and Evolution

chapter 9|14 pages

Economic and Social Mobility of Jews in Brazil

ByHenrique Rattner

chapter 10|17 pages

Jews and the Argentine Center: A Middleman Minority

ByBernard E. Segal

chapter 11|13 pages

Costa Rican Jewry: An Economic and Political Outline

ByLowell Gudmundson

chapter 12|20 pages

Capitalism, Socialism, and the Jews: The View from Cabildo *

ByCarlos H. Waisman

part V|71 pages

Defining a New Identity

chapter 13|15 pages

Argentine Culture and Jewish Identity

ByLeonardo Senkman

chapter 14|13 pages

Informal Jewish Education in Argentina

ByIsrael Even-Shoshan

chapter 15|12 pages

Culture, Identity, and Community

ByDavid Schers

chapter 16|11 pages

Latin American-Jewish Writers: Protecting the Hyphen *

BySaul Sosnowski