By Misha Klein

“The exact energy of this publication, apart from its lyrical writing, is that the writer without problems blends the that means of being Jewish in Brazil with that country’s a lot famous racial and cultural tolerance and exhibits how Jewish id is impacted by means of Brazilian suggestions of race and ethnicity. it's a satisfaction to read.”—Maxine Margolis, college of Florida

“A attention-grabbing ethnography of up to date lifestyles between heart- and upper-middle type Jews in São Paulo, Brazil, one of many world’s biggest towns. even supposing representing a tiny fraction of Brazil’s multicultural inhabitants, the Jewish neighborhood consciously creates and thoroughly keeps a tightly prepared, vigorous haven in a chaotic city middle, whereas additionally embracing a lot of Brazil’s nationwide culture.”—Robin Sheriff, collage of latest Hampshire

Being Jewish in Brazil—the world’s greatest Catholic country—is fraught with paradoxes, and residing in São Paulo simply amplifies those vibrant contradictions. The city is domestic to Jews from over 60 international locations of beginning, and to the Hebraica, the world’s biggest Jewish athletic and social club.

Jewish identification is rooted in layered reviews of old and modern dispersal and border crossings. Brazil is famously tolerant of distinction yet much less figuring out of longings for somewhere else. Celebrating either Carnival and the excessive vacation trips is yet one instance of ways Jews in São Paulo carry themselves jointly as a neighborhood within the face of the forces of assimilation.

Misha Klein’s attention-grabbing ethnography finds the complicated intertwining of Jewish and Brazilian lifestyles and identity.

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