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  • Behind the Headlines Cuba Liberalizing Its Religious Liberty Policy Toward Cuban Jews

    The Cuban government, reversing a long-standing policy, has agreed to liberalize its religious liberty policy toward the small Cuban Jewish community, including permission for a rabbi to visit and conduct religious services on major Jewish holy days, the American Jewish Committee reported today. The announcement of improved religious conditions for Cuban Jewry was made by… More ▸

  • Israel Will Help Three Caribbean Nations in Agricultural Development Under Project Sponsored by A.i.

    Israel will help in agricultural development in three Caribbean countries — the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Antigua — under a project sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID). The $550,000 grant for the “first-of-kind agreement” was signed at the State Department yesterday by M. Peter McPherson, AID Administrator, and Ambassador Aharon Ofri of… More ▸

  • Jamaican Jewish Leader Honored

    The government of Jamaica has announced that the spiritual leader of the Jewish community in the country, Ernest Henriques de Souza, has been named a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation in the field of religion, the World Jewish Congress reported today. To commemorate the 21st anniversay of Jamaica’s independence, the government struck… More ▸

  • Cjc to Ship Religious Supplies to Cuba’s Jewish Community

    The Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) will send $30,000 worth of religious articles and supplies to the Jewish community of Cuba, the World Jewish Congress has announced here. Ever since the U.S. severed relations with Cuba in 1960, the CJC has looked after the needs of Cuban Jews. Even prior to the rupture of relations between… More ▸

  • Cuba Calls Emergency Session Aimed at Israel’s Lebanon Operation

    Cuba, chairman of the group of nonaligned nations, requested here today the convening of a special emergency session of the UN General Assembly to discuss the situation in Lebanon, diplomats said here. According to the diplomats, the emergency session will open tomorrow afternoon and will last at least three days. The emergency session is a… More ▸

  • Curacao Synagogue Marks Its 250th Anniversary

    Ceremonies marking the 250th anniversary of the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the Western hemisphere began today on this Dutch island in the Caribbean with the first in a series of events sponsored by the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) this week. Nearly 200 leaders of the World Union gathered here to celebrate… More ▸

  • Cuba, PLO in Joint Venture on Film Dealing with Palestinians

    A film dealing with the Palestinian people has been co-produce by the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television and the Palestine Liberation Organization, it was announced in Granma, the official organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba. The paper published in English in Havana, said the film, “El camino de la… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Jamaica

    — There are going to be changes in the Jamaican posture at the United Nations, I was told here by knowledgeable officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These sources differ, however, in how major the change will be. The former government of Prime Minister Michael Manley, which was swept out of office in democratic… More ▸

  • Last Two Embassies, Guatemala and Dominican Republic, Leave Jerusalem

    Jerusalem is now entirely without foreign embassies following the announcement over the weekend that the last two remaining embassies in the city, those of Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, are to move to the Tel Aviv area. In all, following the Jerusalem law, 13 embassies have moved from the capital: 11 Latin Americans, Holland and… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA the Jews of Haiti

    The Jewish traveler abroad often finds that some countries do not list Jewish synagogues when they mention religious services. Haiti is one country that doesn’t have a synagogue, but still the. Haitian official Visitor’s Guide notes: “Although there are no synagogues in Haiti members of the local Jewish colony observe the Holidays .” Visitors of… More ▸