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tijuanaMexico, like the United Estates, is a “nation of immigrants.”

In the 1900s, Tijuana welcomed Jewish refugees fleeing wars, hate and poverty in Europe, Asia and the Mideast.

Tijuana Jews, the story of the extended Artenstein family, has become a POCHO Rosh HaShanah (New Year) tradition ever since we noticed rosh-ha-shanah rhymes with Tijuana.

The Jewish year 5776 begins at sundown Sunday, September 13. We wish all who celebrate a happy, healthy, peaceful, loving, prosperous, and sweet New Year. In Ladino — the hybrid Spanish-Hebrew language Jews spoke in Andaluz before the Inquisition — that’s ANYADA BUENA I DULSE! [Mas…]


Tijuana was a welcoming destination for Jewish refugees who fled Europe, Asia and the Mideast looking for a better life. This is one family’s story, and a POCHO Rosh HaShanah (New Year) tradition because shanah sorta rhymes with Tijuana. The Jewish year 5775 begins at sundown Wednesday, September 24; we wish all who celebrate a happy, healthy, peaceful, loving, prosperous and sweet New Year.

OY! DON’T RUN AWAY SO FAST! HOW ABOUT SOME NICE KOSHER NACHOS AKA TOTOPOS DE GRIBEÑES CON GUACAMOLE?


American Jews — like most Americans — agree*. Mexican Coke tastes better than American Coke. Why? Because it’s made with real cane sugar. American Coca-Cola is sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS.) Like my Bubbeh (Abuelita) used to say, “Feh!”

But Mexican Coke also answers to a higher authority. Observant Ashkenazi Jews aren’t supposed to eat anything made with corn during the eight-day long Passover festival that begins Monday evening. Thus the imported soft drink — certified Kosher For Passover — has earned a place of honor at Passover Seder tables across Los United Estates. [Mas…]


Tijuana was a welcoming destination for Jewish refugees who fled Europe, Asia and the Mideast looking for a better life. This is one family’s story.

Tijuana Jews by Isaac Artenstein on Vimeo.