In this episode, we explore the modern history of Jews in Mexico and focus on the intersections between culture, cuisine, food, and family. We start with with Monica Unikel, who has dedicated herself to preserving and telling stories of Jews in Mexico City through street tours and reviving Jewish cultural and communal spaces. We continue with Jewish Mexican bakers who are bringing their recipes, memories, and expressions of cultural innovation to Chicago, California, and Brooklyn. We hear from Tamar Fasja Unikel and Elena Vazquez Felgueres of Masa Madre, Dennis Rael of Los Bagels, and Fany Gerson of Fan-Fan Doughnuts and La Newyorkina. With each morsel of bagels, babka, challah, and more, we see the ways Mexico mixes with Syria, Ukraine, Lithuania, and beyond.

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Joy and Conversation is hosted by Dan Osborn

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  • Palms Down
  • Tarte Tatin
  • Bundt
  • Cornicob
  • Kilkerrin
  • Donnalee

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