"Jewish Holy Man Praying," Rodolphe Fhedorovetz, ca. 1869. (ARTstor Collection)

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In our study of the religion of Jews and Mexicans, we discovered common themes within the two groups. One such theme was the adaptation of the religion to fit into the dominant culture. For the Mexicans, there was a “baptism” of their native faith in order for it to serve the purposes of the Catholic Church. For the Jews, American society entered the Jewish faith and influenced and shaped their practices and beliefs.

Click the picture on the left to read Ayelet‘s description of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, how it was celebrated in Eastern Europe, and how the Americanization of Eastern European Jews led to changes in the way Hanukkah is observed in America.

Click on the picture to the right to read David‘s description of the historical emergance of Roman Catholocism in Mexico and its Emphasis on the Virgin of Guadalupe

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