Frida Staropolsky-Shwartz

Frida Staropolsky-Shwartz (1947-2018) received her Masters in Jewish Studies from the Universidad Hebraica in Mexico and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She specialized in the education, identities, and migrations of Mexico’s Jewish community. She taught at the Tarbut Hebrew School and the Universidad Hebraica, and served as the pedagogical adviser of the Center for Jewish Studies in Mexico. Among her publications are research on Hungarian Jews in Mexico and Jewish Latin American educators in a globalized world.

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The first immigrants to arrive in Mexico during the early decades of the twentieth century from Eastern Europe, Syria and the Balkan countries were profoundly concerned with the formal education of their children. At that time, part of the controversy in the community was whether Mexico should be an “in transit” country to the United States or a place in which to settle permanently, in which education would play an important role as part of the socializing process.

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