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By Adina Cimet

In a century choked with social desires and abhorrent calamities, the survival of a small cultural ethnic team isn't any small tale. Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews arrived in Mexico within the early years of this century. the majority of those 40,000 Jews stay in Mexico urban and feature performed so for many of the 80 years of this communal scan. Arriving with few assets, the Ashkenazi created a community of agencies to maintain their cultural survival in a rustic that had its personal advanced cultural context. This neighborhood selected its personal survival direction; whereas profitable in confronting a few concerns, it confronted difficulties of identification and social unity that reflect modern dilemmas in all places. the writer examines the actual exchanges that happened among minority and majority, and displays at the demanding situations for multicultural residing formed by means of pluralism, democracy, and socio-political tolerance.

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Each one experienced the new country and his or her new life in different ways. And each one adopted different ways of being. These immigrants had a unique challenge and opportunity: coming from diverse countries, they had to regroup themselves into a cohesive whole. They had to find sufficient commonalties to share and to want to recreate to be able to come together. At the same time, they had the opportunity to recreate themselves: their dream of becoming was now possible. All those potential writers, poets, musicians, doctors, engineers, scientists, and artists had an opportunity for self-creation.

Brenner herself was never indifferent or marginal to the Jewish community, and felt proud of its development. But her early testimony un-self-consciously shows that a Jew-qua-Jew would have trouble accommodating in Mexico. For her, a Jew-qua-person-if such an abstraction exists-could easily merge with the population at large: if one was "not primarily a Jew," then life in Mexico could be beautiful. She truly loved the country and was neither puzzled nor repelled by the latent hostility to Jews she inadvertently portrayed: "One may grow symmetrically," she wrote.

Furthermore, however debilitating their first experiences, the immigrants managed to overcome formlessness and use the possibilities and abilities they had to build their own social milieu. Out of nothingness came a communal network that was willed but not predestined. That became the framework of their lives. The Reestablishing of an Acquaintanceship 25 The Old Identity: A New Problem Because the Jews were building a new communal substructure in Mexico during a period when the country itself was restructuring its political, cultural, and economic life, they were able to concentrate on themselves: to a large extent, they were left undisturbed.

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