Jewish and Non-Jewish Latinos in Israel: Religion, Culture, and Identity
Latin American Jews, mainly from Argentina, have been settling in Israel since the founding of the country. Today, they and their descendants number over 100,000. Since the late 1980s, thousands of non-Jewish Latin American workers, mainly from Ecuador and Colombia and mostly undocumented, have migrated to Israel. Raanan Rein, a professor of history and vice president at Tel Aviv University, examines the historical trajectories of both groups and the role of religion, culture, and ethnic identity in defining their place in Israeli society.