By Misha Klein
“The distinct power of this booklet, other than its lyrical writing, is that the writer easily blends the which means of being Jewish in Brazil with that country’s a lot famous racial and cultural tolerance and indicates how Jewish id is impacted by way of Brazilian ideas of race and ethnicity. it's a satisfaction to read.”—Maxine Margolis, collage of Florida
“A interesting ethnography of latest lifestyles between center- and upper-middle category Jews in São Paulo, Brazil, one of many world’s biggest towns. even if representing a tiny fraction of Brazil’s multicultural inhabitants, the Jewish neighborhood consciously creates and punctiliously keeps a tightly geared up, energetic haven in a chaotic city heart, whereas additionally embracing a lot of Brazil’s nationwide culture.”—Robin Sheriff, college of recent Hampshire
Being Jewish in Brazil—the world’s greatest Catholic country—is fraught with paradoxes, and residing in São Paulo purely amplifies those shiny contradictions. The city is domestic to Jews from over 60 international locations of foundation, and to the Hebraica, the world’s greatest Jewish athletic and social club.
Jewish identification is rooted in layered stories of historic and modern dispersal and border crossings. Brazil is famously tolerant of distinction yet much less realizing of longings for in different places. Celebrating either Carnival and the excessive vacations is yet one instance of the way Jews in São Paulo carry themselves jointly as a group within the face of the forces of assimilation.
Misha Klein’s attention-grabbing ethnography unearths the advanced intertwining of Jewish and Brazilian existence and identity.
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