The Jewish Community in Cuba

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Editor's Note: Rabbi Phyllis Somer takes a trip to Cuba to aid the Jewish community of Cuba where she was "stunned by the beauty and decay" of the island nation. Cuba once hosted a thriving Jewish population but it has shrunk over time, making their connection with other Jewish communities even more significant. --Heather:

Turns out, you can travel to Cuba legally from the United States, if you have a special humanitarian visa. (There are other ways, as well, but this is how we did it.) In fact, our congregation has been taking trips to Cuba for over 10 years, on this special visa that allows us to bring aid and comfort to the Jewish community.

There are Jews in Cuba!?

Of course, silly. There are Jews (almost) everywhere.


Cuban Jewish

Image: NatalieMaynor via Flickr

 

Read more from My Journey to Cuba at Ima on (and off) the Bimah

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