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Hias, Jamaican Jews, Government Join to Aid Cuban Jewish Refugees

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The United Hias Service reported today that 1,000 Jewish migrants from Cuba had been given aid in Jamaica, West Indies, en route to the United States for permanent resettlement.

James P. Rice, executive director, said he had conferred in New York with Granville de Leon and Felix Shalom, chairman and vice chairmen, respectively, of the Cuban Refugee Committee of the United Congregation of Israelites of Jamaica, on continued aid to refugees finding temporary haven in Jamaica. Mr. Rice stressed the friendly cooperation of the Jamaican Government.

He said the Jamaica committee arranged for the admission, reception, housing, feeding, processing and transportation of the refugees from Cuba to Jamaica, and from Jamaica to the United States, under Hias auspices. He added that Hias assistance in the program entailed expenditures of $200, 000.

He reported that almost all of the Cuban refugees had been resettled in the United States, and a few families had been resettled in Canada and Latin America. “There is still a steady flow of Jewish refugees from Cuba to Jamaica for temporary accommodation,” he added, “and we are grateful to the Jamaican authorities and the Jewish community of Jamaica” for their cooperation and pledge of continued cooperation.

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