Latinos and Jews aren’t often discussed in the same category. When I first met my husband in 2008, I was more than a little surprised when I discovered that despite his extremely “non-Latino” last name, he spoke Spanish way better than I did. Like many other Latinos, my husband has Jewish roots.
In fact, the Jewish population in Latin America is estimated around 500,000 — with more than half living in Argentina. Other countries like Brazil and Venezuela — and even Cuba — all have thriving Jewish communities, as well.
As the Latino population in the United States continues to grow, it’s not surprising to see religious backgrounds as equally diverse as the Latino culture.
Check out these Latino celebrities who also have Jewish roots.