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Canadian Jews to Send Passover Supplies to Cuba’s Dwindling Jewish Colony

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The Canadian Jewish Congress reported today it had approved a request from the Hebrew Religious Community of Cuba for the same quantity of kosher Passover foods as was requested last year. The CJC treasurer was authorized to buy the Passover products and to ship them to the Cuban Jewish community.

The Cuban Jews reported, in their request, that 150 Jews had either left Cuba or died during the past year but that they wanted the same quantity of Passover products for use in part for Passover and the rest for aid to needy Jews during the rest of the year. At a recent meeting of the Adath Israel Congregation in Havana, congregation officials said that, as of last December there were 1,700 Jews in Cuba, of whom 570 lived in outlying districts.

The officials noted that the congregation conducted an annual census of Cuban Jews to distribute Passover products sent annually by the Canadian Jewish Congress. Jews dependent on charity receive Passover products without any charge. Remaining Passover foods are sold to other Jewish families and the revenue is used for charity and to maintain the Jewish school in Havana.

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