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Surprise! Mexico’s Rising Klezmer Star Isn’t Jewish

By On February 8, 2017

Juan Pérez is not Jewish, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to him play klezmer. Pérez, who is 28 years old, grew up in a small Mexican village named Xicohtzinco. He’s… Read More


A 16th-Century Spanish Jew Wrote This Memoir. Then He Was Burned at the Stake.

By On November 16, 2016

It hasn’t won any literary prizes or received an Oprah endorsement. But a brief autobiographical account by 16th-century Spanish-born Luis de Carvajal the Younger, bound together with other documents written in his… Read More

The Renowned German Jewish Woman Writer You've Never Heard Of

The Best German Jewish Woman Writer You’ve Never Heard Of

By On September 15, 2016

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, literature is still just emerging from the former East Germany. The latest is Crossing: A Love Story, a gripping novel by a Jewish… Read More

The 81-Year-Old Jewish Kid From L.A. Whose Mariachi Band Topped the Charts

The 81-Year-Old Jewish Kid From L.A. Whose Mariachi Band Once Topped the Charts

By On June 30, 2016

In the 1960s, there was no escaping the mellifluous sounds of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. The band’s Whipped Cream & Other Delights (and its infamous image of a cream-covered model)… Read More


Tijuana, Mexico’s Border-Crossing Jewish Kids

By On May 19, 2014

You might think a New York City family is making a sacrifice by renting a second apartment so their child can attend a high-ranking public school school—but try driving your kid across the U.S.-Mexico border… Read More


Jewish Wild West Women

By On June 6, 2012

Rebecca Cohen Mayer was born to German-Jewish immigrants in 1837 and raised in Mexico and Texas. When she was 15 years old, she married a man twice her age and set off on the Santa Fe Trail.… Read More