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Colombia’s newest Jewish Community in Santa Marta.

Photography by Peter Svarzbein // MongoVision.com.

With generous support by B’chol Lashon // bechollashon.org/

Music by “Los Wawanco”

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Kosher Meat Muling Ain’t Easy !!!  
(But eating Kosher Tacos IS!)
Join us on  THURSDAY, AUGUST 29th from 8pm-11pm for One more round of Kosher Tacos
at FOODVILLE FOOD PARK in Downtown El Paso, tx.
218 E. Mills  (btwn Mesa & Stanton)

Kosher Meat Muling Ain’t Easy !!!  

(But eating Kosher Tacos IS!)

Join us on  THURSDAY, AUGUST 29th from 8pm-11pm for One more round of Kosher Tacos

at FOODVILLE FOOD PARK in Downtown El Paso, tx.

218 E. Mills  (btwn Mesa & Stanton)

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This Taco Truck keeps on rollin’ ! Stay Tuned for UPCOMING DATES for more Conversos y Tacos kosher good good !!!www.facebook.com/WhyKosherTacoswww.WhyKosherTacos.tumblr.com

This Taco Truck keeps on rollin’ ! 

Stay Tuned for UPCOMING DATES for more Conversos y Tacos kosher good good !!!

www.facebook.com/WhyKosherTacos

www.WhyKosherTacos.tumblr.com

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Kosher taco truck highlights crypto-Jewish history

An El Paso artist hopes to highlight the history of crypto-Jews in the Southwest through a kosher taco truck.

About six years ago, artist Peter Svarzbein started photographing crypto-Jews, Hispanic or Latinos of Jewish descent who had to keep their faith a secret after the Spanish inquisition, and their descendents.

Svarzbein wants to show the stories of those families through his taco truck, which was serving the fusion food at Congregation B’nai Zion and Hope and Anchor over the weekend.

On Monday, the truck was at the Foodville food truck spot in Downtown El Paso, on the corner of Mills and Mesa. Along with serving up tacos, the stories of crypto-Jewsare projected on walls.

Many crypto-Jews don’t find out their Jewish heritage until generations later.

"It was a family secret. We grew up on the southside, the Segundo Barrio. You fear the unknown," explained John Garcia, a former crypto-Jew, who converted to Judaism after exploring his Jewish ancestry.

Garcia said he found out his Jewish ancestors were burned at the stake near Monterrey, Mexico, for practicing their faith.

Svarzbein said the inspiration for the project came from his own upbringing. “It started off as me being from El Paso and being a first generation Hispanic Latino Jew.”

Rabbi Juan Mejia, also a former crypto-Jew, who grew up Roman Catholic in Bogota, Colombia is tasked with making sure the tacos are kosher and that the food follows Jewish dietary standards. That includes assuring utensils and ingredients are strictly cleaned and making sure no forbidden outside food, like dairy, makes it inside the truck.

"Food is the cornerstone of life. It’s one of the things that we do most often and by having kosher tacos, you’re making a statement you don’t have to pick between Jewish culture and your Latino culture," said Rabbi Mejia. He currently lives in Oklahoma City and visited El Paso for a conference and to help with the taco truck.

The rabbi said the project helps celebrate the fusion of two traditions. “

When cryptos or people are starting to consider joining a people with as rich a tradition as Judaism, there tends to be an initial desire to imitate, we just want to be like everyone else because we want to be integrated into the community,” Mejia said. “The unique aspect of the kosher taco truck is really allowing people to imagine ways in which they can bring both of their identities together.”

The project is partly funded by the City’s artist incubator grant, which supplies working artists who have an actionable plans for unique El Paso projects with up to $3,500. It was also funded by the Jewish Federation of El Paso and the B’nai Zion Congregation.

The taco truck will be in Downtown El Paso’s Foodvile this Thursday night for the monthly art walk.

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!!!! TRY ALL 3 of our KOSHER TACOS TODAY!!!!!
WE WILL BE AT FOODVILLE FOODPARK in DOWNTOWN EL PASO.
218 E. MIlls from 11- 3pm.  MONDAY JULY 22nd.
follow us @ FACEBOOK.COM/WHYKOSHERTACOS

!!!! TRY ALL 3 of our KOSHER TACOS TODAY!!!!!

WE WILL BE AT FOODVILLE FOODPARK in DOWNTOWN EL PASO.

218 E. MIlls from 11- 3pm.  MONDAY JULY 22nd.

follow us @ FACEBOOK.COM/WHYKOSHERTACOS

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JOIN US TODAY!! SUNDAY @ OUR SECRET LOCATION SUNDAY JULY 21st— HOPE & ANCHOR — 4012 N Mesa St El Paso, TX 79902

 

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What it is like to be a Kosher Meat Mule

This is a timelapse video of muling Kosher Meat from Trader Joe’s in ABQ to El Paso, Tx. 

The route of I-25 from ABQ to El Paso/Las Cruces follows the route of the original Camino Real Road.

You can enjoy the food and enlighten the mind at the following locations:

Saturday July 20th Congregation B’nai Zion 805 Cherry Hill Ln -9pm - 11pm - Live Music & DJ’s

Sunday July 21st— Hope & Anchor Parking Lot - 4012 N. Mesa st. 6-9pm

Monday July 22nd Foodville Food Truck Park 218 E. Mills (btwn Mesa & Stanton) 11-3pm

Thursday July 25th Jewish Federation Offices 5780 N.Mesa 530-700pm

Join us as well in the Downtown Arts District LAST THURSDAYS 8-11pm at FoodVille Food Truck Park -218 E. Mills (btwn Mesa & Stanton)

Saturday July 27th Downtown MELT 9pm- 1am - In Front of Hello Day Cafe 209 S. El Paso st.

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Meet Juan Mejia. He will make sure our Taco Truck is Kosher.

Rabbi Juan Mejía was born in Bogotá, Colombia.  After discovering the Jewish roots of his family, he embarked on a spiritual journey that lead him back to the religion and the people of his ancestors.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the National University of Colombia and a summa cum laudeMaster´s Degree in Jewish Civilization from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.   He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in NY.  He plans to devote his life to the Torah education of both Jews and descendants of Anusim (Conversos) wherever they may be.  He lives with his wife and daughter in Oklahoma City, OK.  He was recently appointed as the coordinator for the Southwest for the Jewish non-profit organization Bechol Lashon.

 

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Visitors of all ages will get the unique opportunity to participate in a culinary experience like no other here in the Paso del Norte region: Kosher Gourmet Tacos. Svarzbein collaborating with Downtown El Paso’s Hello Day Cafe will be set up to sling delectable Kosher Tacos at 5 different locations throughout the city from July 20-27th.
 
You can enjoy the food and enlighten the mind at the following locations:
 
Saturday July 20th  Congregation B’nai Zion 805 Cherry Hill Ln -9pm - 11pm - Live Music & DJ’s
 
Sunday July 21st Secret Location to be revealed @www.facebook.com/WhyKosherTacos
 
Monday July 22nd Foodville Food Truck Park  218 E. Mills (btwn Mesa & Stanton) 11-3pm
 
Thursday July 25th Jewish Federation Offices 5780 N.Mesa 530-700pm
 
Join us as well in the Downtown Arts District LAST THURSDAYS 
8-11pm at FoodVille Food Truck Park -218 E. Mills (btwn Mesa & Stanton)
Saturday July 27th Downtown MELT 9pm- 1am - In Front of Hello Day Cafe 209 S. El Paso st.
In an effort to engage and uplift the community all food truck stops will also be collecting cans of food forEl Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank

Visitors of all ages will get the unique opportunity to participate in a culinary experience like no other here in the Paso del Norte region: Kosher Gourmet Tacos. Svarzbein collaborating with Downtown El Paso’s Hello Day Cafe will be set up to sling delectable Kosher Tacos at 5 different locations throughout the city from July 20-27th.

 

You can enjoy the food and enlighten the mind at the following locations:

 

Saturday July 20th  Congregation B’nai Zion 805 Cherry Hill Ln -9pm - 11pm - Live Music & DJ’s

 

Sunday July 21st Secret Location to be revealed @www.facebook.com/WhyKosherTacos

 

Monday July 22nd Foodville Food Truck Park  218 E. Mills (btwn Mesa & Stanton) 11-3pm

 

Thursday July 25th Jewish Federation Offices 5780 N.Mesa 530-700pm

 

Join us as well in the Downtown Arts District LAST THURSDAYS 

8-11pm at FoodVille Food Truck Park -218 E. Mills (btwn Mesa & Stanton)

Saturday July 27th Downtown MELT 9pm- 1am - In Front of Hello Day Cafe 209 S. El Paso st.

In an effort to engage and uplift the community all food truck stops will also be collecting cans of food forEl Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank