Sephardi, Jewish, Argentine

Sephardi, Jewish, Argentine : Community and National Identity, 1880-1960

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At the turn of the 20th century, Jews from North Africa and the Middle East were called Turcos ("Turks"), and they were seen as distinct from Ashkenazim, not even identified as Jews. Adriana M. Brodsky follows the history of Sephardim as they arrived in Argentina, created immigrant organizations, founded synagogues and cemeteries, and built strong ties with coreligionists around the country. She theorizes that fragmentation based on areas of origin gave way to the gradual construction of a single Sephardi identity, predicated both on Zionist identification (with the State of Israel) and "national" feelings (for Argentina), and that Sephardi Jews assumed leadership roles in national Jewish organizations once they integrated into the much larger Askenazi community. Rather than assume that Sephardi identity was fixed and unchanging, Brodsky highlights the strategic nature of this identity, constructed both from within the various Sephardi groups and from the outside, and reveals that Jewish identity must be understood as part of the process of becoming more

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  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 10 b&w illus., 9 maps, 14 tables
  • 0253023033
  • 9780253023032
  • 1,214,760

About Adriana M. Brodsky

Adriana M. Brodsky is Associate Professor of History at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is editor (with Raanan Rein) of The New Jewish Argentina: Facets of Jewish Experiences in the Southern Cone, winner of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association Best Book Award in more

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Historian Brodsky has written a much-needed monograph on the role of Sephardic Jews in Argentina, and her work is an important contribution to the study of Jews in Latin America overall. * Choice * Overall, Brodsky's analysis of the tensions between assimilation and the maintenance of Jewish identity among the Sephardim in Argentina is a significant contribution to the study of identity. It will be a valuable contribution to all Jewish studies collections. * Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews *show more

Table of contents

Note about Translation and TransliterationAcknowledgementsIntroduction 1. Burying the Dead: Cemeteries, Walls and Jewish Identity in Early-Twentieth-Century Argentina2. Helping the Living: Philanthropy and the Boundaries of Sephardi Communities in Argentina3. The Limits of Community: Unsuccessful Attempts at Creating Single Sephardi Organizations4. Working for the Homeland: Zionism and the Creation of an "Argentine" Sephardi Community after 19205. Becoming Argentine, Becoming Jewish, Becoming and Remaining Sephardi: Jewish Women and Identity in Twentieth-Century Argentina6. Marriages and Schools: Living within Multiple BordersPostscriptNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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