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La Plaza; Latino Jews: Journey to the Americas


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La Plaza
Latino Jews: Journey to the Americas
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

Broadcast in two parts: January 11 and 18, 1997. This first program examines the journey of Eastern European Jews to Latin America. Through family histories and personal anecdotes, Latino Jews tells of Jews’ assimilation and success in the largely Catholic countries of Latin America

Upon their arrival to the US, the identity of Latino Jews has been challenged: they are Latinos first, Jews second. Latino Jews tells the story of culture, identity, and assimilation of several Latino Jews living in Massachussetts.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Latino Jews: Journey to the Americas,” 01/07/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2BFC7E381259409798EE6C31D89BFCF7.
MLA: “La Plaza; Latino Jews: Journey to the Americas.” 01/07/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2BFC7E381259409798EE6C31D89BFCF7>.
APA: La Plaza; Latino Jews: Journey to the Americas. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2BFC7E381259409798EE6C31D89BFCF7
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