Latino Jews, Combining Religious Traditions And Hispanic Heritage

Repeating Islands

Coincidentally the Jewish High Holidays overlap with Hispanic Heritage Month, but these two communities come together in more ways than on a calendar, as The Huffington Post reports.

Before this year’s Festival of Booths, known as Sukkot, comes to an end this Sunday, we thought we’d shed some light on a lesser known aspect of Hispanic heritage: the Latino Jew.

Catholicism may be predominantly practiced in Latin America, but a large number of Latinos follow Judaism in countries like Argentina and Cuba. In the early 1960s, Castro’s revolution prompted an exodus to the north that included more than 9,000 of the 12,000 Cuban Jews that lived on the Caribbean island before the revolution. It is now estimated that some 2,500 Cuban Jews live in the Miami area alone.

In the video, a Cuban family shows how Judaism and Hispanic heritage are united by a mutual love of food, family, and…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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