List of Mexican Jews

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The Jewish population of Latin America has risen to more than 500,000 — more than half of whom live in Argentina, with large communities also present in Brazil and Mexico.[citation needed]

In Mexico, Mexico City has the largest Jewish population. The second and third largest Jewish groups are in Guadalajara and in Monterrey (the founder of Monterrey, Luis Carvajal, was persecuted by the Spanish Inquisition for practicing Judaism). The book Estudio histórico de la migración judía a México 1900-1950 has records of almost 18,300 who emigrated to Mexico between 1900 and 1950. Most (7023) were Ashkenazi Jews who originated from Eastern Europe, mainly from Poland. A further 2,640 Jews arrived from either Spain or the Ottoman Empire and 1619 came from Cuba and the United States. In 1990 almost 58,000 Mexicans and in 2000 about 67,000 professed the Jewish religion in the country, according to the INEGI.

The following is a list of some renowned past and present Mexican Jews (not all with both parents Jewish, nor all practising Judaism), arranged by their main field of activity:

History and politics[edit]

Physics and astronomy[edit]

Entertainment figures[edit]

Sports Figures[edit]

Producers, screenwriters, creators, comedians[edit]

Artistic figures[edit]


Classical musicians[edit]



Historical figures[edit]




Fictional Characters[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mexican Cartoon Character at Center of Dispute : NPR". Retrieved 3 August 2010. I come from a Jewish family. My parents came from Poland to Mexico. 
  2. ^ "Infancia y juventud - Arturo Warman" [Children and Youth - Arturo Warman]. (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Jewish Physicists
  4. ^ "Marcos Moshinsky :: Background". Archived from the original on Mar 21, 2006. Moshinsky belongs to a family of Jewish emigrants from the Ukraine ... He has lived in Mexico, where he received his entire elementary and higher education and has spent almost all his professional life, from the age of three 
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  6. ^ Nate Bloom (2007-02-22). "Jewish Standard Hollywood’s big night". Jewish Standard. Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  7. ^ Ugalde Gómez Nadia. Arnold Belkin; la imágen como metáfora. México, 1999.
  8. ^ "Aldo Castillo Gallery". Archived from the original on Jun 23, 2006. Pedro Friedeberg was born in Florence, Italy in 1936 to German-Jewish parents 
  9. ^ Olympika
  10. ^ Opera Japonica/Daniel Catán "I was born of Jewish parents in Mexico City."
  11. ^ Jewish Violinists
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  13. ^ Kerstin Jones. "Anita Brenner". Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  14. ^ a b Invenciones multitudinarias: escritoras judíomexicanas contemporáneas "Guadalupe Cortina’s study of Mexican Jewish women writers features general introductions to four writers and textural analyses of their work. The writers are Margo Glantz, Ethel Krauze, Sara Levi Calderón, and, more briefly discussed than the previous three, Sara Sefchovich. "
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  16. ^ Where Words Like Monarchs Fly "Myriam Moscona is the daughter of Sephardic parents who came to Mexico from Bulgaria."
  17. ^ ".:: Welcome To The Jewish Ledger ::.". Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  18. ^ Interview: Ilan Stavans "born in Mexico in 1961 to an Eastern European Jewish family"
  19. ^ Hordes, Stanley M. To the ends of the earth: A history of the crypto-Jews in New Mexico
  20. ^ Farias, George. The Farias chronicles: a history and genealogy of a Portuguese/Spanish family.
  21. ^ 100 year of Jewish immigration "The exhibit has photos of many members of the community who have become well known for their artistic or cultural contributions. Wolf Ruvinskis was a famous wrestler in the 1950s.... Jacobo Zabludovsky is a household name, having been a prominent news anchor for decades both in television and radio."