Jews Treated with Consideration by the Government of Cuba

Alan Rose, executive director of the Canadian Jewish Congress, reported yesterday that on a recent visit to Cuba he found that the Jews are treated with every consideration by the Cuban government and that there had been no change in the status of the 1700 Cuban Jews because of Cuba’s severance of relations with Israel.

Rose said the Zionist Center, the Jewish Library and a public kosher restaurant were functioning normally, as was the Albert Einstein school where 45 Jewish children, ranging in age from 6 to 12, receive regular Hebrew instruction. He said the pupils receive lunch at public expense and are bused to and from the school.

Through special arrangements with Cuban authorities, the CJC has sent Passover supplies to the Cuban Jewish community for several years. Rose said he arranged for Passover supplies and other items to be shipped from Canada to Cuba in the near future. He said he had several meetings with Moises Baldas, president of the Commisar Coordinatora de Las Soctedades Religiosas Hebreas Cuba, the representative organization of Cuban Jewry.

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