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  • Jewish Groups Providing Relief for Bangladesh and the Caribbean

    Jewish relief organizations have stepped in to collect funds for areas devastated by Hurricane Gilbert and for Bangladesh, which has been ravaged by flooding. But unlike CARE, UNICEF and other major relief organizations, which can mobilize massive and immediate relief efforts, the smaller Jewish organizations take a more deliberate approach in assessing the longer-term needs… More ▸

  • Dutch Court to Decide Fate of Judaica from Curacao

    An Amsterdam district court judge will have to adjudicate a dispute between the Jewish community of Curacao and a former resident of that island in the Netherlands Antilles over ownership of Judaica conditionally auctioned by Christie’s here Wednesday. The matter entered litigation after Congregation Mikveh Israel-Emanu El in Curacao, one of the oldest Jewish communities… More ▸

  • Emergency Airlift Brings Passover Staples to Cuba’s Jewish Community

    Two weeks ago, a small Beechcraft private plane owned by a New Jersey Jewish businessman landed twice in 48 hours on Cuban soil. The first time, it unloaded a small interfaith delegation of American clergy who had come to assess the needs of religious communities in Cuba. The second time the plane touched down, it… More ▸

  • Barbados Synagogue is Site of Commonwealth Conference

    Sabbath eve services were held for the first time in more than 100 years in the synagogue of Congregation Nidhei Israel here last Friday night, the World Jewish Congress reported. They marked the opening of the four-day biennial conference of the Commonwealth Jewish Council and the reconsecration of what is possibly the oldest Jewish house… More ▸

  • Effort Under Way to Restore a Landmark Synagogue in Barbados

    The American Jewish Congress is aiding the descendants of a group of Jews, who settled in Barbados after being expelled from Spain and Portugal during the Inquisitions, to collect funds to restore their landmark synagogue in Bridgetown, the island’s capital. So far, more than $75,000 has been collected in the United States alone, according to… More ▸

  • Cuba’s Jews Condemn Istanbul Killings

    The Jewish community of Cuba condemned the terrorist killings of 21 Jews in Istanbul on September 6. A telegram from Havana to Jacobo Kovadloff, director of South American Affairs and Spanish Media of the American Jewish Committee, signed by Dr. Jose Miller, president of the Comunidad Hebrea de Cuba, and Adela Dworin, secretary, stated: “We… More ▸

  • Special Interview Teaching Judaism in Cuba

    Moises Asis is the only teacher of Hebrew and Judaism in Cuba today. Late last year he organized a course of Jewish studies, and 10 children currently meet with him every Sunday. To encourage his voluntary educational work with Havana’s Jewish youth, the Conference on Alternatives in Jewish Education (CAJE) invited Asis to its recent… More ▸

  • Cuban Jewish Leader Describes Precarious Situation of Cuba’s Jews

    Jews in Cuba face no discrimination, but the lack of teachers and rabbis for the tiny community points to a precarious future, a leader of Cuban Jews told American Jewish leaders here. Moisis Asis, of the Comision Coordinadora de las Sociedades Religiosas Hebreas de Cuba (Coordinating Commission of the Jewish Community of Cuba), told representatives… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines Dominican Republic Offered Jews Safety from Nazi Persecution

    During a radio interview two years ago, Prof. Irving Abella, coauthor with Harold Troper of “None Is Too Many,” the acclaimed historical study of the Canadian government’s anti-Semitic immigration policies before, during and after World War ll. was asked to describe the 1938 Evian refugee conference. Abella indicated that the 32-nation conference, called at the… More ▸