Mexico City’s Jewish mayor wants to be identified by her policies, not her ethnicity

Claudia Sheinbaum, the first Jewish mayor of Mexico City, speaks during a press conference in Mexico City, Aug. 1, 2018. (Carlos Tischler/Getty Images)

MEXICO CITY (JTA) — It was during her ultimately successful campaign for Mexico City mayor that Claudia Sheinbaum made a reference to her Jewish heritage. Speaking before a group of Jewish women, she said she was proud of those origins.

“We celebrated all the holidays at my grandparents’ house,” she recalled.

For Sheinbaum, the capital city’s first elected Jewish and female mayor, the reference to her Jewishness was rare. Like many other liberal, secular Jewish politicians around the world, Sheinbaum rarely identifies publicly as Jewish. Despite extensive coverage in the Jewish media, her relationship with her Jewish identity is tenuous.

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