The 18th World Congress of Jewish Studies

Ser mujer judía en Latinoamérica: Entre lo público y lo privado

Generally the history of Jewish communities is written and described by men. Historically, within (and outside) Judaism, women have been relegated to the private sphere, the inner sphere, where they have been assigned the role of raising children and fulfilling all the needs of the home. The idea of this paper is to present the history of Jews in Latin America from the voices of women. The aim is to reflect the experience of adapting to the new environment from the feminine point of view, and to see how the following generations were searching, struggling and finding their place in society, both within the community and at the national level. Regardless of local differences, they are clearly considered, but the struggle is always focused on getting a place in the public, the religious, the professional and even the domestic.