The New Jewish Argentina

Facets of Jewish Experiences in the Southern Cone


Congratulations to Adriana Brodsky and Raanan Rein whose edited volume has been chosen as the winner of the 2013 Latin American Jewish Studies Association Book Prize!

The New Jewish Argentina aims at filling in important lacunae in the existing historiography of Jewish Argentines. Moving away from the political history of the organized community, most articles are devoted to social and cultural history, including unaffiliated Jews, women and gender, criminals, printing presses and book stores. These essays, written by scholars from various countries, consider the tensions between the national and the trans-national and offer a mosaic of identities which is relevant to all interested in Jewish history, Argentine history and students of ethnicity and diaspora. This collection problematizes the existing image of Jewish-Argentines and looks at Jews not just as persecuted ethnics, idealized agricultural workers, or as political actors in Zionist politics. 

"This book is a must-read for students and scholars interested in immigration to Latin America, Ethnic History, and Jewish Studies, but its readership could extend to anybody who is interested in this chapter of social and cultural history."
Ariana Huberman, Haverford College

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Biographical Note

Adriana M. Brodsky Ph.D (2004, Duke University) is Associate Professor of History at St. Mary´s College of Maryland. Her work focuses on the construction of the Argentine Jewish community from the perspective of its Sephardi minority, and is currently working on a project on Sephardi Youth in the Zionist movement.

Raanan Rein, Phd.(1991) Tel Aviv University is Professor of Latin America and Spanish History at TAU. He has published more than 20 books and many articles on Argentine History, Spanish History and Jewish experiences in the Spanish speaking world, including Argentine Jews or Jewish Argentines? Essays on Ethnicity, Identity, and Diaspora, (Brill 2010)

Review Quotes

"This volume offers a revision of older studies of Jewish Argentina that concentrated on political history and Jewish institutions and emphasized the uniqueness of the Jewish experience. As stated in the introduction, The New Jewish Argentina focuses on social and cultural history, emphasizes similarities between Jews and other ethnic groups, and deals with subjects that were ignored by previous scholars, such as popular culture, Jewish leisure, unaffiliated Jews, and gender and Sephardim." -Margalit Bejarano, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, American Jewish History, Volume 100.2 (April 2016)

"The volume advances the study of non-affiliated and affiliated Jews in Argentina, thereby weakening attempts at a clear–cut Jewish or Argentine identity. Whether one agrees or not with the book’s general assertion about Jewish exceptionalism, one will benefit from reading the result of a truly interdisciplinary project, containing brilliant pieces of remarkable historical and contemporary reach." Alicia Borinsky, Boston University, Bulletin of Latin American Research

Table of contents

Introduction Raanan Rein and Adriana M. Brodsky
Chapter 1: The Jewish Experience in Argentina in a Diasporic Comparative Perspective José C. Moya
Chapter 2: From Textile Thieves to ¨Supposed Seamstresses¨: Jews, Crime, and Urban Identities in Buenos Aires, 1905-1930 Mollie Lewis Nouwen
Chapter 3: Uprooting the Seeds of Evil: Jewish Marriage Regulation, Morality Certificates, and Degenerate Prostitute Mothers in 1930s Buenos Aires Mir Yarfitz
Chapter 4: Print Culture and Urban Geography: Jewish Bookstores, Libraries, and Printers in Buenos Aires, 1910-1960 Alejandro Dujovne
Chapter 5: "Don Jacobo en la Argentina" Battles the Nacionalistas: Crítica, the Funny Pages, and Jews as a Liberal Discourse (1929-1932) Ariel Svarch
Chapter 6: The “Other” Gerchunoff and the Visual Representation of the Shoah Edna Aizenberg
Chapter 7: An Argentine Experience? Borges, Judaism, and the Holocaust Federico Finchelstein
Chapter 8: Electing ‘Miss Sefaradí’, and ‘Queen Esther’: Sephardim, Zionism, and ethnic and national identities in Argentina, 1933-1971 Adriana M. Brodsky
Chapter 9: Politically Incorrect: César Tiempo and the Editorial Staff of the Cultural Supplement of La Prensa Raanan Rein
Chapter 10: Generation and Innovation in the Rise of an Argentine-Jewish Community, 1960- 1967 Beatrice D. Gurwitz
Chapter 11: Reading Kissinger’s Avatars: Cold War Pragmatism in Argentina’s Middle East Policy David M. K. Sheinin
Chapter 12: “Memories that lie a little.” New approaches to the research into the Jewish experience during the last military dictatorship in Argentina Emmanuel Nicolás Kahan
Chapter 13: Child Survivors of the Shoa: Testimony, Citizenship, and Survival in Jewish Buenos Aires Natasha Zaretsky
Chapter 14: Body and Soul: Therapeutic Dimensions of Jewish Ultra-Orthodoxy in Neoliberal Argentina Shari Jacobson
Chapter 15: The Other Becomes Mainstream: Jews in Contemporary Argentine Cinema Tzvi Tal


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