Kosher and Jewish Life in Guadalajara

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TJT’s guide for kosher and Jewish travelers in Guadalajara. Information about kosher restaurants, cafes, shops, bakeries or delis, kosher near me location-based (GPS) search, & Jewish points of interest, such as shuls, mikvahs, kosher and observant friendly hotels and Jewish community centers in Guadalajara, Mexico

Hotels and Jewish community centers in Guadalajara, Mexico

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About Guadalajara

Guadalajara with a population of 1,495,189 is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Jalisco, and the seat of the municipality of Guadalajara. The city is in the central region of Jalisco in the Western-Pacific area of Mexico. Although the temperature is warm year-round, Guadalajara has a very strong seasonal variation in precipitation, with a great deal of rain in the summer months, whereas for the rest of the year, the climate is rather arid. Guadalajara is the cultural center of western Mexico and the second most important cultural center in the country. It is nicknamed the “Pearl of the West.” While it is a modern city, it has kept many of the rural traditions of Jalisco, such as mariachi and a strong sense of Catholicism. Guadalajara is also known for several large cultural festivals. The International Film Festival of Guadalajara is a yearly event that happens in March.

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Jewish History, POI & Kosher Establishments in Guadalajara

Judaism in Mexico began in 1519 with the arrival of “Marranos” or “Crypto-Jews,” those forcibly converted to Catholicism due to the Spanish Inquisition. The first Jews arrived in Guadalajara in the 1920s from Europe today the Jewish population consists of 140 families. Jews of Guadalajara have avoided the distinctions between Ashkenazim and Sephardim and have joint organizations.

There is a Masorti synagogue in Guadalajara the Comunidad Hebrea, and a Chabad house.

Judíos de Guadalajara se unen pera develar escultura en memoria de víctimas  del Holocausto - Enlace Judío

Shabbat Candlelighting Times for March 12

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Shabbat times on this page are based on the common Candle lighting formulas – in most locations it is 18 minutes before sunset.
Some communities, mostly during Summer, will accept Shabbat earlier than the common times.
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What Is *JOFY?

JOFY, or “Jewish Observant Friendly” Establishments are lodging establishments offering special services for Jewish Observant guests such as Shabbat meals, accommodation on lower floors and regular keys for the rooms. It can also be a NON KOSHER establishment located in walking distance from the local Shul, community or kosher restaurants area.

Please note – *JOFY does NOT mean that KOSHER food is served on the premises!

Guadalajara Jews unite to unveil sculpture in memory of Holocaust victims

Eduardo Huerta for Enlace Judío México y Israel – Jewish Communities of Guadalajara came together to unveil a sculpture commemorating the Holocaust in Zapopan, in the presence of the municipal president of said demarcation. 

In 2020 at the “Juan José Arreola” Public Library in Zapopan, Jalisco, the sculpture “We Remember” was unveiled, in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The event was attended by both the Hebrew Community of Guadalajara and the Israeli Community of Guadalajara, as well as the municipal president of Zapopan, Jalisco, and representatives of the Primo Levi chair of the University of Guadalajara.

It is an interactive sculpture made by Miguel Flores and Lino Vite that, when a QR code located at its base is scanned, you can see animations in augmented reality, through mobile devices.

There is also a poem by Pavel Friedmann, who was held in the Terezín ghetto:

I’ve lived here for seven weeks
Locked up in this ghetto
But I’ve found my people here…
I haven’t seen any more butterflies.
That was the last.
Butterflies don’t live here in the ghetto.

It is these butterflies that can be appreciated in augmented reality, thanks to this joint work that also served to unite, in the same event, the divided Jewish communities of the second most important city in Mexico.

Dr. Alfonso Hernández Barrón, president of the Jalisco State Human Rights Commission, urged not to forget, said that it is the duty of those who know the tragedies to ensure that they are not forgotten and warned that situations like this can happen again as are happening all over the world, for which, he said, humanity must be reminded of the supreme duty to be in solidarity, to work every day for peace, to prevent tragedies like the Holocaust from happening again.

Also, in the presence of the authorities, he expressed his desire to create a Memory and Tolerance Museum in Guadalajara.

As part of the ceremony, seven candles were lit in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, which were lit by Cedy Barón, survivor and special representative of the link with the State of Israel, as well as by some descendants of the victims such as Rosalinda Rabinovitz, Paulette Moel, Nir and Eitán Herazenborn, Claudio and Jonathan Chejfec. Other people who participated in the lighting of candles were Samy and Shelly Benuzillo, in addition to Rabbis Abraham Srugo and Gustavo Geier, and by the leaders of the Youth Educational Movement, Alejandra and Paola Margules.

The seventh candle, which remembers and honors the millions of non-Jews killed by the Nazi regime, was lit by Trinidad Padilla López, director of the “Juan José Arreola” Public Library.

During the commemoration event, rabbinic seminarian Gustavo Geier raised the prayer in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Likewise, Ari Ontiveros, president of the Israelite Community of Guadalajara, in front of the Juan José Arreola public library, honored memory and asked to fight the battle against oblivion and tell new generations what barbarism can cause.

Geier stressed the transcendental responsibility that we have to restore the moral and ethical values ​​that collapsed in the Holocaust, as well as the aspiration for justice and peace, in the face of the chilling suffering of millions of human beings; Therefore, he said, it is up to us to fight against the discourses that try to deny the existence of the Holocaust, wherever they are expressed, that relativize its magnitude or that try to absolve the murderers and their accomplices of the crimes.

Rabbi Marcelo Rittner, in his capacity as president of Masortí AmLat, also thanked for the event, said that our words should not be in vain, but should be accompanied by action, citing the words of Elie Wiesel, said that what The worst thing we can do is be indifferent since indifference is always the friend of the enemy since it benefits the aggressor and never his victim, whose pain increases when he feels forgotten. Ritner expressed that indifference is not only a sin but also a punishment.

For his part, the lawyer Pablo Lemus Navarro, municipal president of Zapopan, said that it is essential to carry out this type of act that honors the memory of those who perished, that those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it; He said that it would seem that despite time, many things have not changed. “We continue to see hate speech, confrontation and division,” he said, and said that these, far from seeking cordiality between people, seek to establish the differences between us.

Graciela Ciociano finished the unveiling of the sculpture citing the poem by Pavel Friedmann and in the presence of Lino Vite and Miguel Flores, the artists who created it.

Source: enlacejudio.com, totallyjewishtravel.com

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