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SEPTEMBER 3, 2004 PAGE 31 ashanah is photo by Enrique Rivera Sculptor and opera singer Enrique Shor sounds on a recent Rosh Hashanah at the Templo de in Mexico City. This year the Jewish New Year With Mexican Independence Day. ~ggan --This in Mexico cel- Hashanah, the Country will be 16 the first day ltashanah is also Independence Day, the start of Indepen- Spain. night before Inde- Day---which this Erev Rosh Ha- people City's main to hear the the Grito de g cry d plazas try--will by fireworks g, flag- -ringing revelers 15. ~Xican Jews say forgo Mexican Independence Day this year to celebrate the Jewish new year, although they care deeply about the Mexican national holiday. Mexico is home to about 50,000 Jews, most of whom live in Mexico City. Abdiel Garduno, a Jew in his early 30s who lives out- side the capital in the neigh- boring State of Mexico, said that most years he celebrates Mexican Independence Day with friends. "I love to hear the grito," Garduno said. "When Inde- pendence Day doesn't fall on a Jewish holiday, I go to discos, I go to parties. When it does, I prefer to go to shul, but in my heart, I'm thinking about Independence Day." The Mexi- can holiday marks the day in 1810 when Miguel Hidalgo, a priest in the town of Dolores, rang his church bells and called for rebellion against the Spanish. Hidalgo passionately Wake of natural home repair can prey on to get in shape. get the work and get their normal, some may neglect to precau- contrac- consumers ged Charley, the Commission the following in its con- Repairing with licensed Contractors; track record of think- by calling their your area Bureau and Association, :agents, and claims friends, and ~a automatically ,and You fully under- Price variations. 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If you suspect a home n Independence Day This year, the school-- which will close for the holidays on Sept. 16--will probably hold both celebra- tions on Sept. 15. This means the students may attend the Rosh Hashanah seder dressed in their Independence Day costumes, which school ad- ministrators say is perfectly fine. "These are Mexican Jew- ish children, so they need to understand both parts of their identity," said Amalia Baruch, the school's He- brew director. "It's a Jewish school, so we celebrate the Jewish holidays, but we also have the national Mexican Pediatric of Orlando, P.A. Best Wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year urged both his indigenous congregants and members of his mestizo, or mixed heritage, flock to take back lands that had belonged to their ancestors. The call prompted a war that would last 11 years. "Independence Day is very important," Garduno said. "It represents a change from be- ing ruled by the monarchy of Spain tobeing governed by the people of the country." This year won't be the first time that the Mexican national holiday coincides with the High Holidays. In 2002, for example, Independence Day fell on Yom Kippur. Mauricio Lulka, executive director of the Central Jew- ish Committee of Mexico, said that when Independence Day falls on Sukkot, many Jews may choose to celebrate the former. But when it falls on Rosh Hashanah, most will celebrate the Jewish new year, he said. "In Mexico, the commu- nity is very observant, so I imagine that most people will be in synagogue," Lulka told JTA. "I don't think you'll see many Jews celebrating in the Zocalo. They'll have to wait until next year." Danielle Wolfowitz, a French Jew who has lived in Mexico for more than 50 years, said that for her, the decision regarding holidays. On Independence Day, we dance, we sing, we yell, Viva, viva, viva." 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