List of Mexican Jews

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Main article: Judaism in Mexico

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 2010 Census counted 67,476 individuals professing Judaism,[1] most of which live in Mexico City.[1]

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:




Classical music[edit]


Visual arts[edit]



Film and television[edit]










  • 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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Panorama de las religiones en México 2010" (PDF) (in Spanish). INEGI. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Julio Frenk and the University of Miami: Family History". YouTube. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Infancia y juventud - Arturo Warman" [Children and Youth - Arturo Warman]. (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Opera Japonica/Daniel Catán "I was born of Jewish parents in Mexico City."
  6. ^ Jewish Violinists
  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. ^ 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. 
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  12. ^ 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."
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  14. ^ Kerstin Jones. "Anita Brenner". Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  15. ^ 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. "
  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. ^ Jewish Physicists
  20. ^ Gloria Koenigsberger
  21. ^ "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 
  22. ^ Hordes, Stanley M. To the ends of the earth: A history of the crypto-Jews in New Mexico
  23. ^ Farias, George. The Farias chronicles: a history and genealogy of a Portuguese/Spanish family.