I had a great time in Mexico City. It was wonderful to catch up with friends (many of whom I haven't seen in a few years) and meet colleagues from around the world.
We stayed at the Presidente Intercontinental in Mexico City. It was a much fancier hotel than I normally stay in and was located in an upscale neighborhood near the park and museums.
Other than evening events and a short trip to the history/anthropology museum (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), I stayed true to my goal of enjoying the annual Rabbinical Assembly Convention.
At the conference, I enjoyed learning Torah, practical rabbinics, and celebrating the vibrant Latin American Jewish community. The community in Mexico is particularly strong and proud of its unique heritage. Their gracious hospitality was evident at an evening celebration at the Centro Deportivo Israelita--the community cultural and sports center. The gala, titled Mariachi and Margaritas, was sponsored by the Jewish community in honor of the first international Jewish conference to meet in Mexico. Tequila, Carona beer, and Kosher Mexican food was
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