Mexico

US groups seek better ties with Latino voting bloc

By Gil Shefler New York, November 22, 2012

Florida’s Jews are used to being a coveted voting bloc, sometimes determining the outcome of national elections. But this year, another all-important demographic emerged at the ballots.

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'Tefillin terrorists' strike on Alaska flight

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2011

The “tefillin terrorists” have struck again.

A group of Mexican Jewish tourists sparked a security alert on an Alaska Airlines flight to Los Angeles after they began putting on tefillin and reciting Jewish prayers.

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On this day: Diego Rivera dies

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2010

Born in 1886, the Mexican painter and muralist is perhaps now remembered most for his tempestuous marriage to Frida Kahlo and his passionate support of communism.

A precocious artistic talent, he was sent to a specialist academy in Mexico City at just ten-years-old, and later studied in Madrid and France, where he mixed with an elite circle that included Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Amedeo Modigliani.

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Why this Jewish dancer turned down Billy Elliott

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2010

For a young ballet dancer, the part of Billy Elliott might seem like a dream role. But for 16-year-old Mexican dancer Esteban Hernandez, Broadway fame came second to serious training with the Royal Ballet.

"When I got the role on Broadway, I was still very young, I was 14," he said. "Those years are the formative ones for a ballet dancer. It's so important to have good training.

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My Maya, I got it wrong on the Mexican coast

June 17, 2010

Even the most seasoned traveller can be prejudiced by misconceptions, and in the case of Mexico's Caribbean coast, I put my hands up. I resolutely avoided the newish holiday playground known as the Riviera Maya for years; certain it would be overbuilt and overrun by package tourists, rather than remaining the pristine paradise much of it still is.

That's the problem with being a Mexicophile - you fall in love with the colour, the chaos and the ancient culture which underpins this most fascinating of countries.

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Found — the lost Sephardim of Texas

By Daniel Kalder, September 17, 2009

The American West was built by settlers carving a life in the New World. Over a century later, that pioneering spirit survives in the form of 39-year-old Daniel Ramos. But rather than pushing open a new frontier, Ramos is blazing a trail back to a very old world, reconnecting with his identity as Anusim, one of the lost Jews of Texas.

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Is this the real-life Jewish pirate who inspired Johnny Depp?

By Simon Round, June 25, 2009

If the key to getting attention for a new book relies to an extent on the title, Edward Kritzler has cracked it.

His new book is called Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean, which summons up visions of Yiddishe buccaneers, cutlass in one hand, tallit bag in the other, wreaking havoc on the high seas. It could almost be the title of a Mel Brooks movie.

But while there were indeed real Jewish pirates in the Caribbean, Kritzler, visiting London from his home in Jamaica, concedes the title of the book was “a commercial decision”.

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Swine flu alert teacher sent home

By Jan Shure, May 7, 2009

A primary school teacher was sent home for seven days after she returned to work from a Mexican holiday.

The reception-class teacher left halfway through the first day of term at Simon Marks Jewish Primary in Stamford Hill, north London, after telling colleagues she had been to Mexico.

Peter Kessler, chair of governors, said she came to school unaware of the swine flu outbreak.

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Mexico community shuts down

By Isabel Janner, April 30, 2009

In Mexico City, all 12 Jewish day schools are closed and synagogue services have been reduced from large congregational gatherings to smaller minyanim as the 40,000 strong Jewish community follows its government’s advice on preventing the spread of swine flu.

Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations scheduled for Wednesday, hosted by Israel’s ambassador Yosef Levine, were also cancelled.

Many community services have been stopped and the Jewish Sports Centre in Mexico City is closed, along with all kosher restaurants.

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Israeli swine flu case confirmed

April 28, 2009

Israel's first case of swine flu was confirmed today.

The victim, a 26-year-old man who had recently returned from Mexico, is in quarantine at Netanya's Laniado Hospital.

Staff are optimistic for his recovery and he is said to be in "excellent" condition.

Another Israeli is undergoing tests in quarantine in hospital at Kfar Sava, after returning from Mexico with fly-like symptoms.

The Israeli Health Ministry backs the recommendation of the European Commission to postpone nonessential travel to Mexico and recommends that travellers be alert to reports regarding other countries.

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