List of Mexican Jews
Mexico has had a Jewish population since the early Colonial Era. However, these early individuals could not openly worship as they were persecuted by the Spanish Inquisition for practicing Judaism. Independent Mexico eventually adopted freedom of religion and began receiving Jewish immigrants, many of them refugees. 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 (7,023) 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 1,619 came from Cuba and the United States.
The following is a list of notable past and present Mexican Jews (not all with both parents Jewish, nor all practising Judaism), arranged by their main field of activity:
- Julio Frenk, president of the University of Miami, former Secretary of Health and dean of the Harvard School of Public Health
- Enrique Krauze, public intellectual, historian, essayist, critic, producer, and publisher
- Helen Kleinbort Krauze, historian, mother of Enrique Krauze
- Arturo Warman, anthropologist, cabinet member of Salinas and Zedillo
- Sara Topelson de Grinberg, architect
- Abraham Zabludovsky, architect
- Alejandro Zohn, architect, Holocaust survivor
- Maurice Ascalon, sculptor
- Arnold Belkin, painter, born in Canada
- Olga Costa, painter
- Luis Filcer, Expressionist painter
- Pedro Friedeberg, painter
- Mathias Goeritz, painter, sculptor, born in Germany
- Vlady Kibalchich Russakov, painter
- Tosia Malamud, sculptor
- Leonardo Nierman, painter, sculptor
- Wolfgang Paalen, painter, sculptor and art philosopher
- Fanny Rabel, painter, member of Los Fridos artistic group.
- Diego Rivera, painter, muralist (Atheist)
- Carlos Alazraki, advertising executive
- Daniel Lubetzky, entrepreneur, author
- Franz Mayer, financier, photographer, collector, and the founder of the Franz Mayer Museum
- Moisés Saba, businessman; board member of various companies
- Sergio Zyman, marketing executive
Film and television
- Brigitte Alexander, actress, director, author and translator for UNESCO
- Susana Alexander, actress
- Louis C.K., comedian, actor
- Erick Elias, actor
- Irán Eory, actress, model
- Mauricio Kleiff, screenwriter
- María Eugenia Llamas, actress
- Mariana Levy, actress
- Emmanuel Lubezki, cinematographer, winner of three Ariel Awards for Best Cinematography (1992, 1993, 1994) and nominated for 4 Oscars in the category (1996, 2000, 2006, 2007)
- Miroslava, actress
- Norma Mora, actress
- David Ostrosky, actor
- Alfredo Ripstein, film producer
- Arturo Ripstein, filmmaker, screenwriter, producer
- Claudia Salinas, model, actress
- Alexander Salkind, producer.
- Ilya Salkind, producer.
- Diego Schoening, singer, actor and television host
- Alan Tacher, television host
- Ari Telch, actor
- Gregorio Walerstein, film producer and screenwriter
- Alix Bauer, singer, founding member of Timbiriche
- Ari Borovoy, songwriter, founding member of the Latin pop group OV7
- Cristian Castro, singer
- Adan Jodorowsky, musician, singer, and actor
- Mark Tacher, musician, vocalist, guitarist, and television host
- Shanik Berman, journalist
- David Faitelson, sports journalist
- Giselle Fernández, television journalist
- Adela Micha, TV and radio journalist
- Jacobo Zabludovsky Kraveski, TV journalist
- Chloe Aridjis, novelist
- Anita Brenner, writer, historian
- Mariana Frenk-Westheim, prose writer, Hispanist, translator
- Margo Glantz, writer & critic* a prose writer who was author of the New York Times bestseller The Empress.
- Myriam Moscona, author, journalist, poet and Ladino translator
- Moises Salinas author and psychologist
- Sara Sefchovich, writer
- Esther Seligson, writer, poet, translator, and historian
- Ilan Stavans, literary critic
- George Rosenkranz, pioneering scientist in the field of steroid chemistry; Contract bridge Grand Life Master
- Pablo Rudomín Zevnovaty, neuroscientist
- Nora Volkow, psychiatrist; current director of the United States' National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Jacob Bekenstein, physicist
- Gloria Koenigsberger, physicist
- Marcos Moshinsky, awarded physicist, UNAM cathedratic, Ukrainian-born
- Gabriela Brimmer, writer and activist for persons with disabilities
- Luis de Carabajal y Cueva, adventurer, slave-trader, Governor of Nuevo León
- Luis de Carabajal the younger, Governor of Nuevo León, author
- Francisco de Carvajal, founder of the New Kingdom of León.
- David Goldbaum, surveyor and politician of Baja California
- Jorge Castañeda Gutman, politician and academic who served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs; also known for losing a Supreme Court ruling that would have allowed him to run as an Independent in the 2006 Presidential race
- Vicente Lombardo Toledano, labor leader
- Diego de Montemayor, founder of Monterrey
- Juan de Oñate, Governor of Santa Fe de Nuevo México, descendant of Conversos
- Yeidckol Polevnsky Gurwitz, Senator, entrepreneur
- Eliezer Ronen, Israeli politician
- Binyamin Temkin, Israeli politician
- José Woldenberg, political scientist and sociologist
- Jacob Avigdor, Chief Rabbi of the Ashkenazi Jewish community, author, Holocaust survivor
- Yosef Dayan, rabbi and the author of several books in Hebrew, Spanish and Italian
- Moisés Kaiman, rabbi from Monterrey
- "Panorama de las religiones en México 2010" (PDF) (in Spanish). INEGI. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
- "Julio Frenk and the University of Miami: Family History". YouTube. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- "Mexican Cartoon Character at Center of Dispute : NPR". npr.org. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
I come from a Jewish family. My parents came from Poland to Mexico.
- "Infancia y juventud - Arturo Warman" [Children and Youth - Arturo Warman]. catedrawarman.org (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- Opera Japonica/Daniel Catán "I was born of Jewish parents in Mexico City."
- Jewish Violinists
- Ugalde Gómez Nadia. Arnold Belkin; la imágen como metáfora. México, 1999.
- "Aldo Castillo Gallery". Archived from the original on Jun 23, 2006.
Pedro Friedeberg was born in Florence, Italy in 1936 to German-Jewish parents
- http://www.la84foundation.org/SportsLibrary/Olympika/Olympika_1998/olympika0701g.pdf Olympika
- 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.
- 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."
- Kerstin Jones. "Anita Brenner". ic.arizona.edu. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- 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. "
- Where Words Like Monarchs Fly "Myriam Moscona is the daughter of Sephardic parents who came to Mexico from Bulgaria."
- ".:: Welcome To The Jewish Ledger ::.". jewishledger.com. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- Interview: Ilan Stavans "born in Mexico in 1961 to an Eastern European Jewish family"
- Jewish Physicists
- Gloria Koenigsberger
- "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
- Hordes, Stanley M. To the ends of the earth: A history of the crypto-Jews in New Mexico
- Farias, George. The Farias chronicles: a history and genealogy of a Portuguese/Spanish family.