MONTREAL (May. 23)
The Jewish community of Cuba has sent a telegram to the Canadian Jewish Congress thanking the “entire Jewish community in Canada” for Passover supplies which the Jews of Cuba received in time for the holiday.
The telegram from Dr. Jose Miller, president of the Commission Coordinadora de las Sociedades Religiosas Hebreas de Cuba, the representative body of Cuban Jewry which maintains its full membership in the World Jewish Congress, stated:
“The Cuban Jewish community extends warmest greetings and wishes for peace and happiness to the CJC (Canadian Jewish Congress) and the entire Jewish community in Canada on the occasion of Passover. We are pleased to inform you that the Passover supplies arrived in time and were distributed before Pesach.”
The 1,000-member Jewish community in Cuba continues to maintain five synagogues and a Jewish public library. However, the community has had difficulty in meeting its own needs for several decades. After the United States severed its relations with Cuba in 1960, the CJC has looked after the needs of Cuba’s Jews.
This year, more than $30,000 worth of religious supplies, including kosher meat, tea, matzos, and prayer books were sent to the Jewish community in Cuba.