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.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction 1. Jewish Studies as a Subject of Latin American Studies Gilbert W. Merkx Part 2: Historical Studies 2. Sephardic Immigration to Argentina Prior to the Nazi Period Victor A. Mirelman 3. Jewish Roots of Brazil Anita Novinsky 4. Latin America and the Jewish Refugees: Two Encounters, 1935 and 1938 Haim Avni Part 3: Comparative Dimensions 5. Adaptive Strategies of Jews in Latin America Robert M. Levine 6. Demographic Trends of Latin American Jewry Sergio Dellapergola 7. The Origins of Zionism in Latin America Haim Avni 8. Jewish Education in Latin America Daniel C. Levy Part 4: Adaptation and Evolution 9. Economic and Social Mobility of Jews in Brazil Henrique Rattner 10. Jews and the Argentine Center: A Middleman Minority Bernard Segal 11. Costa Rican Jewry: An economic and Political Outline Lowell Gudmundson 12. Capitalism, Socialism and the Jews: The View from Cabildo Carlos H. Waisman Part 5: Defining a New Identity 13. Argentine Culture and Jewish Identity Leonardo Senkman 14. Informal Jewish Education in Argentina Israel Even-Shoshan 15. Culture, Identity and Community David Schers 16. Latin American-Jewish Writers: Protecting the Hyphen Saúl Sosnowski 17. The Evolution of the Latin American-Jewish Communities: Retrospect and Prospect Judith Laikin Elkin
Judith Laikin Elkin is founding president of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association. Gilbert W. Merkx is Professor of sociology and Director of the Latin American Institute at the University of New Mexico.