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help bring relief to Cuba's Jews.
Rabbi Ignites Fervor in Dormant Jewish Community
by Kenneth Bandler. One man's monumental contribution to the Jewish
Recognition of this site from different sources and some mutual
of Judaism in Cuba
by Anthony P. Maingot. Excerpt from a review of Robert M. Levine's
Latin American Jewish Studies
Judith Laikin Elkin's compilation of resources devoted to Latin
Establish New Life in Miami by Betty Heisler-Samuels.
In the early 1960's, Cuba's Jews uproot their lives and successfully
transplant in Miami. Read stories about several interesting individuals.
Community in Miami
Caroline Bettinger-López demonstrates how Miami's Cuban Jewish
community recreates its former tightly-knit community of the island.
Celebrate Center's Renovation and Community's Revival
The Patronato is renovated and rededicated through the efforts
of the JDC. These acts reflect the strong tide of Jewish revival
Reclaim Properties as Local Jewish Needs Multiply.
by Kenneth Bandler. Synagogues are returned to the Jewish communities.
Survive in the Revolutionary Desert
Dan Freedman reviews the relationship between Cuba's communist
government, and discusses the reopening of the Patronato.
Rebuilding a Religion
by Michelle Bearden. "Every month, José Zaak boards
a crowded bus for the eight-hour ride from Camaguey to Havana..."
by David Abel. The first new synagogue in Cuba since the revolution.
of Recent Cuban Olim
Eitan Behar responds to an online article about the future of Cuban
Baal Kore is Welcomed by his Community
For the first time in two generations, the torah will be chanted
in a Cuban voice.
Joins Conservative Movement
Affiliation is, yet, another step towards the rejuvenation of Judaism
on the island.
Shadows: A Broader Look at Cuban Jewish History
by Robert M. Levine. The complexity of Cuban Jewish history.
Congress Continues Tradition of Chesed to Jewish Community in Cuba
Passover Haggadah inspires CJC to ensure that Jews in Cuba may partake
in the annual Passover seder.
David Abel's article on the first new synagogue since the revolution.
Words and music.
The meaning of the Cuban Shield.
Jews, endless deprivation
By Steve Fainaru. As deprivation continues, Judaism reawakens throughout
Cuba's Jewish community.
Jewish community keeps the faith
CNN's 1998 overview of the struggle to keep Judaism alive in
by Daniel P. Faigin. "Any marranism in Fidel Castro's family
would be through his mother...."
grievances, Cuban olim feel lucky to be in the Jewish state
(Jewish Telegraph Agency) A return to their roots leads these Cubans
Hometown Author's Study of Miami's Cuban Jewish Community
Ron Beasley of the pinecrest Tribune describes how Caroline Bettinger-López's
study culminated into her book, Cuban-Jewish
Reveal Cuban Jew's Dual Sense of Alienation
Fabiola Santiago reviews Cuban-Jewish Journeys
by Caroline Bettinger-López and The
Last Minyan in Havana by Betty Heisler-Samuels.
Author Bettinger-López Explores Cuban-Jewish Life in Miami
by Rabecca Cross. Research of Miami's Cuban Jewish community for
recent book leads to entering Columbia
other exiles: Cuban Jews started over in Dallas
Aftermath of the Elian Gonzales Affair: A Jewish Perspective
by Dana Evan Kaplan.
Although 90% of the Jewish community fled Cuba during the early
years of the revolution, the remaining community never faced repression
as a result of their Judaism.
A Jewish family begins to investigate its Cuban roots. Return to
this frequently-updated site to learn the latest on the process
of Hispanics return to Jewish roots
A Miami Herald article by Daniel Shoer-Roth
Listen to everyone's favorite song!
Letter from Havana - discusses Jewish history in Cuba with the Coppelia
ice cream parlour as its point of departure.
by Robert M. Levine. The making of an oral Jewish history of pre-revolution
by Michael Fox. "...the video tells the story of the Jews who
stayed in Cuba."
The Jews in Cuba
documentary by Laura Paull and Evan Garelle "that traces the history
and presence of the Jewish Community in Cuba."
The National Anthem of Israel
India to do with Cuba?
Dr. Yehuda Kadar Shaheb offers an historical explanation.
Cuban Baal Kore is Welcomed By His Community
Joint Distribution Committee lends support to "Jewish renewal on
a community level."
The Jews of
John Josephs describes his quest how what started as a vacation
became a religious journey.
Enrique Fernandez presents similarities and differences between
the Cuban Jewish and gentile Cuban communities.
to the Americas
This comprehensive article from the Cox News Service and Nando.net
provides a historical background of the movement of Jews from Europe
through the Caribbean and into the States.
Eddie Levy's energetic organization works through controversy to
Cuba 1959-1999: A Personal Account
by Moisés Asís. "There was an incident that changed
my life...in Lenin Park, south Havana..."
Lead the Way
by Kenneth Bandler. The reawakening of Jewish life in Cuba unfolds
in this enlightening article.
Lead the Way
Kenneth Bandler describes the revival of the Jewish community.
Many links to other Jewish communities throughout the world.
a Virtual Jerusalem article
From the World Jewish Congress. A brief history of the Jews
Hebrea de Cuba
A book by Margalit Bejarano recounting the collective memories of
Cuban Jews from the beginning of the 20th Century until 1959.
"I have mixed feelings about all this because they are helping Castro.
As a Cuban I can tell you that I'm against this sort of trip...."
My Friend Luis
by Arturo López Levy
Homage is paid to a pillar of the Havana Jewish Community.
Minyan in Havana
by Betty Heisler-Samuels. A story about a Polish Jewish immigrant
family in Cuba during the 40's and 50's. Based on the author's family
in pre-revolution Cuba. Click here
for more information.
Book Recalls Life of Jews in Cuba
by Hindi Diamond. A Miami Herald review of Betty Heisler-Samuels'
Last Minyan in Havana
June Safran reports on her recent visit with the Jewish communities
Movies Produced by Bonnie Burt
The Believers; Abraham and Eugenia; Trip to Jewish Cuba.
by Ruth Behar
A perceptive analysis of The Believers; Abraham and Eugenia; and
by Michael Fox
Fox analyzes Havana Nagila from another perspective.
of Abraham and Eugenia: Stories from Jewish Cuba
Paul Kaplan reviews the Bonnie Burt Film
of The Believers: Stories from Jewish Havana"
Larry Kanter reviews the Bonnie Burt Film
on the Revival of the Jewish Community in Cuba
Filmmakers are moved by Cuba's Jewish community.
Nos Fuimos (Not all of us left.)
Miriam Greenberg finds that the young generation wants to explore
its community's history.
to Cuba after 40 years
World ORT Union concludes agreement to return to Cuba.
Recent photographs taken in Cuba.
Photo Tour of Cuba
One of the first collections of photos of Cuba on the net, saved
here for reference.
from Paul Margolis
A kaleidoscope of Jewish Cuba photos.
pictures from Paul Margolis
Guantanamo and other places
Pictures from Paul Margolis
Santiago de Cuba
View of Jewish Cuba, page 1.
View of Jewish Cuba, page 2.
by June and Bob Safran
Scenes from a rejuvenated Jewish community.
Photos from Robert Levine's Tropical Diaspora
Photos by a Jewish visitor
Jewish communal sites in Cuba
by Jacqueline Davidow
Pictorial Essay on Jewish Life in Cuba
Cantor Michael M. Mandel returns to Cuba 37 years after his family's
in Santiago de Cuba
by Leslie Pearl. Small Jewish congregation in Cuba's mountainous
eastern area "reverberates" with the Jewish faith.
She Lay Dead
in the Crushed Guinea Grass
Story by Larry Daley, a Cuban-Jewish writer. A personal story with
Robert Levine's comprehensive study on Jewish history in Cuba.
Remnants: The Architectural Legacy of Cuba's Jews by Paul
A brief description of the Cuban Jewish communities.
with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro''s Cuba
by Tom Miller.
The author describes his encounters with Cuba's Jewish community.
by Bonnie Burt. Good-bye to a friend and a Jewish leader of the
observant Havana Jewish community.
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Madison-Camaguey Jewish Connection Project
Greenfield Hebrew Academy Jews in Cuba Project
Cuban Jew embraces Judaism, coordinates Jewish youth group and,
then, makes aliyah to Israel with his family.
Distribution Committee Projects in Cuba
Search the JDC site for articles on their work in Cuba (15 articles
at last count).
of Treasury licensing requirements for legal travel to Cuba.
This is a link to Treasury's informational and required documents,
in PDF files, including "Comprehensive Guidelines for License
Applications to Engage in Travel-related Transactions Involving
Jews Make Aliyah
Search the Jewish Agency for Israel's (JAFI) site for articles on
Cuban immigration (87 articles at last count).
Cuban Jews Secretly Move to Israel
Sample article from JAFI.
and Other Works of Ruth Behar
A comprehensive list of books and poetry written by Dr. Behar, including
research on Sephardic Jews.
Sue Gersten's photographs and addresses
of synagogues in Havana.
of the World From Harry Leichter's "All
Things Jewish" Includes a separate "Jews of Cuba"
Life in Cuba
Dan Heller's site that presents Jewish life in Cuba as it exists
A wealth of Cuban resources (in Spanish).
A plethora of information about Jewish Communities in Latin America
A newsgroup with many participants who have an extensive knowledge
de los Judíos Cubanos en Israel
Eitan Behar describes the common path of Cuban Olim and opines on
Judeo-Cubanas. En busca de identidad, hogar e historia en Miami
Caroline Bettinger-López, por Ron Beasley
Caroline Bettinger-López, por Rabecca Cross
Exiliados dos veces. Autores revelan
doble sentido de alienación de los judíos cubanos
Cubanos Celebran la Renovacion del Centro Comunitario
y el Renacimiento de la Comunidad
Adaptación de los Judios Cubanos en Israel
Sefaradíes, Pioneros de la Inmigración Judía a Cuba
Arturo López Levy
de los Judíos en Cuba / "Subir" a Israel
Alberto Báez Esquenazi
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Latina Especial: Religion en Cuba, 1996