Jewish geography - and roots

An innovative program spearheaded by the JCC connects Mexican, Israeli and US communities while exploring their family trees.

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October 29, 2015 14:37
JCC Global Family Tree Project

Participants in the JCC Global Family Tree Project in Mexico City earlier this year. (photo credit: COURTESY OF CDI MEXICO CITY)

 
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