Mexico, rich in its culture and heritage, is also rich in its immigrant population who were welcomed to its shores from all over the world.
One significant immigrant group was that of Jewish families, fleeing persecution and strife in their homelands, many of whom who sought refuge in Mexico in the 1940s to start new lives. One daughter of Jewish immigrant parents, Sarita Marcus felt so grateful to Mexico for opening their doors to her parents that she founded the “Voluntarias Judeo Mexicanas” (VJM) in 1993 as a way for Mexican Jewish ladies to say thank you and to give back to a country that welcomed their forefathers.
Recognized for their uniform red jackets, white shirts and black trousers, the ladies of the VJM are devoted to helping impoverished communities around Mexico City.
Lilian Grinberg, who is the current president of VJM, explained that the VJM helps Mexican communities through several avenues. First and foremost, she said, the women work with the Mexican Red Cross, initiating donation drives within the Jewish community and contributing all proceeds to Red Cross missions.
Secondly, the group supports four hospitals and work with them to provide humanitarian visits, supplies and medical aid.
The VJM also supports four schools for children with disabilities, and its members visit the schools three times a year, at Christmas, Children’s Day and Graduation day. During these visits the VJM donates gifts, toys, food, supplies and wheelchairs, all donations from the wider Jewish community.
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