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Latinos You May Not Have Known Were Jewish

Although Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion in most Latin American countries, we all know by now that Latino culture is not a monolith. In fact, Latinidad comes in all shapes and forms, and it’s a total misconception that all Latinos are Catholics. Latinos follow a variety of religions, from Islam to Buddhism to Judaism. And while most people don’t think of Judaism when they think of Latin America, there is, in fact, a small but proud population of Jewish peoples living throughout Latinidad.

Although the Jewish population in Latin America is relatively small (only an estimated 300,000), Jewish Latinos keep their culture alive through tradition and a strong sense of community. The largest Jewish community resides in Argentina, which is considered to be the “center of the Jewish population in Latin America”. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of famous and influential Jewish Latinos who have made their unique mark on the world. Take a look below!

1. Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo was both proud and vocal of her Jewish ancestry at a time when Anti-Semitism was at its height in Mexico. According to Kahlo, her father, Guillermo Kahlo, was a Hungarian-Jew who immigrated to Mexico. In fact, many of Frida’s work have been displayed at Jewish art exhibits.

2. Monica Lewinsky

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Monica Lewinsky’s father is El Salvadoran–born to Jewish-German immigrants who fled Germany during WWII to escape persecution from the Nazi regime.

3. Daniel Bucatinsky

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Beloved “Scandal” actor Daniel Bucatinsky was born in New York City to Argentine-Jewish parents. Bucatinsky has been candid about how his “roots” are in Argentina and how he speaks Spanish fluently. You can even catch him speaking Spanish to his fans on Twitter.

4. Sammy Davis Jr.

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One of the most talented and charismatic performers of the infamous “Rat Pack”, Sammy Davis Jr. was a Latino born to an Afro-Cuban mother. Citing a strong connection to the Jewish faith due to its people’s history of oppression, Davis Jr. converted to Judaism in 1961 and remained devout until his death.

5. William Levy

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Cuban actor and all-around heartthrob William Levy was born in Cojimar to a single mother, Barbara Levy of Jewish descent. At the reported urging of his friends, he converted to Catholicism in 2009

6. Diego Rivera

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Celebrated artist and husband to the venerable Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter Diego Rivera was descended from a Portuguese-Jewish family. Of his roots, Rivera said: “My Jewishness is the dominant element in my life. From this has come my sympathy with the downtrodden masses which motivates all my work”.

7. David Blaine

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Born to a Puerto Rican father and a mother of Russian-Jewish descent, famed magician and illusionist David Blaine is of both Jewish and Latino heritage.

8. Geraldo Rivera

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Journalist and television personality Geraldo Rivera was born to a Puerto Rican father and a mother of Russian-Jewish descent. He was raised “mostly Jewish” and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. Rivera affectionately describes himself as “Jew-Rican”.

9. Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars was born in Hawaii to a father of mixed Puerto Rican and Ashkenazi Jewish descent, while his mother is Filipino. Mars has referred to his ethnicity as existing in a “gray zone” of neither black nor white. Of his ethnicity, Mars has said: “I hope people of color can look at me, and they know that everything they’re going through, I went through. I promise you.”

10. Sara Paxton

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Sara Paxton was born to Lucia Menchaca Zuckerman and Steve Paxton in Los Angeles. Paxton’s mother was originally from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, where she was raised in a Jewish family. Paxton’s father has since converted to Judaism.

11. Cecilia Roth

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Acclaimed Argentine actress and “muse” of Pedro Almodóvar, Cecilia Roth was born to parents Abrasha Rotenberg and Dina Gutkin in Buenos Aires. Like many European Jews in the 1930s, Roth’s father fled Europe to escape the rising tide of anti-Antisemitism.

12. Vanessa Hidary

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Vanessa Hidary is a Nuyorican slam-poet who has appeared on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam” and starred in her own one-woman traveling show. Her work focuses on her status as a Puerto-Rican Jew, or as she likes to call it, a “Hebrew Mamita”. She’s been candid about how she likes to embrace and perform both sides of her identity.

13. Eduardo Saverin

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Facebook co-founder, tech entrepreneur and multi-billionaire Eduardo Luiz Saverin was born in São Paulo, Brazil to a wealthy Jewish family. In 1993, the Saverin family immigrated to Miami. Interestingly enough, he was portrayed by the British actor Andrew Garfield in the acclaimed movie “The Social Network”.

14. Jamie-Lynn Sigler

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Known for her role as the spoiled daughter Meadow on “The Sopranos”, Jamie-Lynn Sigler was born to a Cuban mother and a Jewish father. Sigler’s mother converted to Judaism upon marrying Sigler’s father. Sigler has revealed that being raised Jewish, she both attended Hebrew school and had a bat mitzvah.

15. Joaquin Phoenix

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Joaquin Phoenix was born in Puerto Rico to a Jewish mother and a (lapsed) Catholic father. At the time, his parents were acting as missionaries for the cult “Children of God”. Phoenix’s father currently lives in Costa Rica. Of his Latino roots, Phoenix says, “I do like Spanish culture…I like to practice my Spanish when I am working with any actor who speaks Spanish or with members of the crew”.

16. Don Francisco

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Cultural stalwart and host of Univision’s “Sábado Gigante”, Don Francisco was born in Chile to German-Jewish immigrants who fled their home country to escape the Nazi regime.

17. Gabe Saporta

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Cobra Starship lead singer Gabe Saporta was born in Uruguay to a Jewish family. Like many of the entries on this list, Saporta’s grandparents fled Europe during the WWII era to escape anti-antisemitism. His Instagram bio currently reads “I was a terror since the hebrew school era” and he frequently interacts with fans on the account in Spanish.

18. Joanna Hausmann

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Joanna Hausmann is Venezuelan-American comedian, Youtuber, and TV personality. Hausmann is the daughter of Venezuelan intellectual and Harvard professor Ricardo Hausmann and CNN en Español host, Ana Julia Jatar. Hausmann has a series of videos called “Joanna Rants” on Flama where she covers a variety of issues affecting Latindad–from differences in accents to cultural stereotyping.

19. Kayla Maisonet

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Known for playing the sporty sister in Disney Channel’s “Stuck in the Middle”, Kayla Masionet is a biracial actress of Puerto Rican and Russian-Jewish descent. On dealing with criticism in the industry, Maisonet has revealed that she chooses to embrace what makes her different as opposed to “conform[ing] to what people say I should do”.

We Roundup Our Favorite Halloween Costumes From The Year Submitted By Mitú Fans

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We Roundup Our Favorite Halloween Costumes From The Year Submitted By Mitú Fans

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Halloween is all about letting your creativity shine. Some people might phone it in with some animal ears and underwear and that’s fine. But some people really go all out to make the most important dress-up night of the year worth it. Here are some of the best Halloween costumes you all submitted tagged @wearemitu in. Did yours make the list?

This new #filter/#nofilter couples costume is the latest trendy costume and we ship it.

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We all know that adding a filter to a photo will bring out all of the best in you, or at least that’s what Snapchat and Instagram want you to believe. Regardless, seeing this couple making the most of their social media connection, even including the unicorn ears and horn, is so great.

Of course, there is nothing purer than including your sweet puppies into your Halloween costume.

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OMG! Look at those sweet little angels perfectly rocking the Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes. We hope they went trick or treating to get all of the doggie treats available to them. They very clearly deserve it.

Doña Angela is the YouTube sensation you need to be following if you aren’t already.

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The abuelita YouTube sensation is bringing all of her rancho recipes to you via the internet. Her page is so popular, she has already received two plaques from YouTube celebrating her evergrowing subscription numbers. This costume is genius and the work that went into it paid off.

You can’t forget the most classic couples costume.

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Tapatío and Cholula are the most recognizable hot sauces in anyone’s kitchen. It just makes sense to pair the two together for the ultimate couple’s foodie costume. You can even turn this into a family costume when a little baby comes along by making the baby a burrito.

Who else remembers “The Fairly Oddparents”?

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Simple, crafty, cheap. This is one costume you can make on a budget and people will recognize exactly who you are. Timmy Turner is one of the most nostalgic cartoon characters of our childhood. This costume is a great homage to the kid with the pink hat.

Selena is cute but what about a zombie Selena?

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We have seen Selena costumes every year and the most common one is clearly the purple jumpsuit. This little fan took it just one step further and delivered a zombie version of la reina. Tbh, we’d probably get bit by a zombie Selena because we’d try to get her to sing for us.

Frida Kahlo + Diego Rivera = Costume Goals

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Recognizable, fun, cultural. Spread that love of your Mexican heritage with a costume paying tribute to two of the most iconic artists to ever come out of Mexico.

This piñata costume is kind of everything our childhood dreams are made of.

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Wow. The time it must have taken to cut and glue the paper without it ripping or falling apart is impressive. That is some señora level of patience and precision. We salute you and the hard work you obviously put in to make your costume one to remember.

Kids are the perfect blank canvas for your costume desires.

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We are going to assume these little ones haven’t watched “The Bride of Chuckie” since it is a little too much for little ones. However, that shouldn’t stop you from using your little tykes to show off your design skills and love of all things horror.

Bad Baby Bunny might be this year’s Halloween winner.

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This is too adorable not to love. Like, wow. The mom behind this costume is one of the greatest costume designers we’ve see. She nailed it with the pants and the extra eye!

No costume list is complete without our favorite superhero El Chapulin Colorado.

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Truly one of the greats. We cannot stress enough how much we enjoy seeing all of your costumes this year. Talk about a great year for homemade and relevant costumes. You all rock!

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We Scavenged Instagram For The Cutest DIY Halloween Costumes For Your Little Concha

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We Scavenged Instagram For The Cutest DIY Halloween Costumes For Your Little Concha

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When it comes to getting dressed, we all know that Latinos do it best. When it comes to Halloween this truth gets even scarier. Still, there’s no denying our desire to keep our little ones sweet and savory. This year for the coming Halloween season we’ve come to deliver, yet another, bomb list of costume ideas for you to wear for your nights of spook with your babies. 

From the sweetest looking concha costumes to the greenest avocados, here’s a list of all of the costume ideas to get crafty with before October 31st!

Your elote dreamboy.

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Everyone loves the local elote man and if there’s one costume you’ll have fun with / be praised with for being creative it’s this costume.What you need: For this, you’ll want to get your little one a crate and whole bunch of snacks you’d find on your elote man’s pushcart! Be sure to pair with a nicely sized hat and be sure to remind your little guy to smile, smile smile. After all, it’s the smile that keeps everyone coming back. Bonus points: have your kid pass out actual elotes!

The snuggliest avocado you will ever want to eat.

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Whether you’re a millennial or just an Abuela’s girl who loves her some aguacate, you’ll love this Halloween favorite for your newborn.

What you need: No big sewing tools necessary! For this costume reach into your closet for your oldest green sweater or head down to Goodwill or Target. If your baby is small enough just cut off the hood, bundle your infant up and pull those strings nice and snug tight!

Avocado you forever baby.

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Never fear! We’ve also got a perfect avocado costume for the chica whose baby has outgrown the hoodie trick! What you need: For this crafty costume be prepared to break out the real DIY craft. You’ll need paint, scissors, a thick string material (we recommend yarn!) and whatever kind of firm and longlasting paper material you can get your hands on! Cut out an avocado shape and then use a boxcutter to carve out a nice sized hole for baby’s belly. Paint up the rest! 

Sweetcheeks concha costume! 

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Get those sweet checks the love and costume they deserve this year. To do the sweetness of your baby justice, dress her up in your favorite color elote. Pro tip: this costume is PERFECT for twins!

What you need: A cream-colored pajama set for your little one,  colorful construction paper, scissors, tape or glue and a concha to model.

Start your kids early on their Selena love!

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What you need: For a scrappy version of this iconic Selena look, you’ll want to go for a purple sequin fabric to crisscross the top. Go for purple bottoms and either give your little one big hair OR part it down the middle and slick it back! DO pair this outfit with a pair of cowboy boots and size appropriate hoops if you have them on hand.

The young Frida Kahlo

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You’ve got a burgeoning feminist on your hands and what better way to teach them about smashing glass ceilings then dressing them up as the icon of all eras?

What you need: Flowers, headband, hot glue, brow pencil.

A costume fit for a songstress queen for your little afro-latina reina.

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Use Halloween as a lesson on Afro-Latinidad and the musical icon of all time, by dressing up your baby as the ultimate songstress.

What you need: colorful hair wrap, colorful baby wig, (the smarts not to do blackface)

The cotton candy baby of your dreams.

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Sometimes you find this one on the elote cart, sometimes you don’t but this costume will no doubt, make your friends say “awww!” For the DIY Mom take caution: this costume will almost certainly get your sweet tooth going.

What you need: Whitetop, Pink pom-poms, tape.

A Coquí for your Boribaby.

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No way better to show your love for the Boris in your life right now than to dress up as their ultimate fave character. Teach your baby Bori about PR pride by suiting them as coqui this Halloween.

What you need: Green pajama pants and top. Green gloves, white, green and felt to cut out for eyes, hot glue

The sweetest little calabaza you’ve ever seen.

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Every year they try to tell us that a Halloween pumpkin makes for a trite costume, but we say the calabaza suite is PRICELESS. For your little baby who will stand the test of time when it comes to the love in your heart, 100% go for this costume that will certainly have you upping your DIY game.

What you need: orange uni, black, and green felt, scissors, glitter ribbon, hot glue