We begin our tour inside the oldest synagogue in Mexico, where we will explain the traditions, as well as the structures, and the symbols of these places of worship. Then, we enter the captivating “Barrio de La Merced” to walk through its streets, explore two vecindades (horizontal tenement buildings), and admire its architecture; accompanied by the ghosts of the past who called the streets of Jesus Maria and its surroundings home. Bakers, dentists, rabbis, cooks, butchers, midwives, mothers and children–all from different nations and cultures– were welcomed by the people of Mexico; and through their stories and photographs, as well as some Yiddish newspaper cuttings, we will reconstruct a period of Mexican history in which, through the arrival of different communities, the city began to diversify.
I have dedicated my entire professional life to researching and documenting the history of the Mexican Jewish Community. This journey has allowed me to participate in the restoration of a historical synagogue; to co-create the seminar of studies of the neighbourhood of La Merced; to write a book on the history of the synagogues in Mexico City, called "Sinagogas de Mexico"; to direct the first cultural center of Mexico dedicated to Jewish cultures; and most importantly, to share the history of my community and a special part of Mexico.
– Exclusive access to the first Synagogue in Mexico (Sephardic) –First Ashkenazi Synagogue in Mexico –Garden of Loreto –Historical street of Jesus Maria –Historical neighbourhood of La Merced (including two fascinating vecindades) –Immigrant testimonies, old photographs and Documents
We highly suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes, sunscreen, a cap, and bringing water.
The places we visit are historical landmarks and we have exclusive access to some buildings that are not open for the general public. It is important to note that while the presence of the Jewish community can still be felt in the neighbourhood, the actual community no longer lives there.
Explore Mexico's Historic Jewish Quarter