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The streets of downtown Mexico City contain numerous stories about the jews that have inhabited them since the early 1500's. 
  
 
 
  
The purpose of these guided visits is to follow their footsteps, to get to know places related to their experiences and in this way rediscover part of this City's history and the jews involved in it.
  
 
 
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A neighbourhood.
Typical settlement of jewish immigrants in downtown Mexico.
Photo archive Manuel Taifeld.
 
 
  
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Synagogue Justo Sierra "Monte Sinai" 
(1923. Photo by Steve Littman.). 
 
  
  
Here is the challenge: to recreate a period and the memories of a life as lived by the jews in urban Mexico. An excercise of will due to the fact that the city and people have changed but history and memory aid us in making the streets talk.
  
 
 
  
After a long and uncertain journey from foreign lands such as Poland, Ukranie, Syria or Greece, the immigrants arrived without any monetary or linguistic resources and with customs totally foreign to Mexico. Without a clear future and in many ocasions with part of the family awaiting news from the other side of the sea.
  
 
 
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Cinema "El Salón Rojo".
One of the first cinemas in Mexico, owned by Jacobo Granat.
Photo archive Manuel Taifeld.
 
 
  
At the streets of Downtown Mexico City the jews found the grounds to begin a new life. It was there, upon meeting their fellow countrymen, that they began to feel conforted. On these streets they achieved economic stability; they recreated their organizations, built synagogues and became settled. At streets with names such as Jesus Maria, Santísima, Las Cruces (which translated mean the Street of Jesus-Mary, Holiest Street and the Street of the Crosses) ironic names that identify jewish life - cotidianity of the jewish people took place in this corner of exile, which now has more that 80 years  in an organized manner. 

Beginning at Downtown is where jews became a part of Mexico's culture.

  
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