[It] was a very special experience because Argentina is a country that is 95 percent Catholic. The Catholic presence is very strong in the government, in schools, and in everyday life. Even now it is very strong ... to be a Jew in Argentina is to be a minority, an extreme minority. But to be a Sephardic Jew is to be a minority within a minority Because Sephardic Jews usually have names that sound Greek, Italian, Spanish, or Turkish, they are not recognized as Jews in Argentina by the rest of the population. The majority of the Jews in Argentina are Ashkenazi – 80%. So when you are a minority within a minority, you have certain experiences of being marginalized or not recognized. So I think that was a big factor in my becoming a socially aware person.
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