Wjc Official Reports No Change in Cuba’s Jewish Community

Lavy Becker, chairman of the World Jewish Congress’ committee on small communities, reported on his return from a visit to Jewish communities in the Caribbean area that the condition of the Jewish community in Cuba remains unchanged.

According to Becker, who is an honorary president of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Cuban Jews maintain five synagogues, adult and youth Hebrew classes, a youth group and a Hebrew-Yiddish choral society. Although diplomatic relations with Israel were severed by Cuba in August, 1973, Cuban Jews were permitted to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day in 1974 and 1975, Becker reported.

Becker, a member of the board of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, discussed the requirements of Cuban Jewry in Havana with a representative of the Cuban Foreign Ministry and said he was encouraged by that official’s positive responses. The meeting was arranged by the Canadian Embassy in Havana. On his trip, Becker also visited the Jewish communities in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

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