Caribbean

  • Jewish Caribbean Communities to Confer, Plan for Jewish Survival

    Under the auspices of the American Section of the World Jewish Congress, representatives of nine Caribbean Jewish communities will meet in Curacao Aug. 29 to Sep. 1 to discuss their common problems and to plan together concerning cultural and educational programs. This was announced here today by Jacques Torczyner, chairman of the WJC-American Section. He… More ▸

  • Bar Mitzvah Ceremonies in Haiti

    Religious history was made in the island of Haiti in July, For the first time in the annals of that Caribbean island a rabbi officiated at two Bar Mitzvah ceremonies. Veteran residents vaguely recall that sometime in the past a Bar Mitzvah took place, but without an ordained clergyman. But last month Rabbi Samuel Silver… More ▸

  • Cuba’s Break with Israel Seen As Prelude to Moves by Other Countries in Latin America

    An Israeli journalist regarded as an authority on Cuba expressed fear today that Premier Fidel Castro’s diplomatic break with Israel, announced in Algiers Sunday, may be the prelude to similar action by other Latin American states. Simcha Flapan, editor of “New Outlook,” a political magazine, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that Castro’s high standing with… More ▸

  • Cuba’s Diplomatic Break with Israel Causes Surprise, Regret

    Israelis expressed surprise and regret today over the sudden and unexpected rupture of diplomatic relations by Cuba. Premier Fidel Castro announced the break yesterday at the conference of non-aligned nations in Algiers, but there was no official confirmation from Havana until this morning. As of last night neither the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem nor the… More ▸

  • No Change Expected in Status of Cuba’s Jewish Community

    A Jewish leader familiar with Cuba said today that he didn’t expect any change in the status of that country’s small Jewish community to follow Premier Fidel Castro’s surprise announcement yesterday that Cuba was breaking diplomatic relations with Israel. “There is no deducing from this any anti-Jewish feeling” in Cuba, Lavy Becker, honorary consultant to… More ▸

  • Israel Awaiting Confirmation of Reported Diplomatic Break by Cuba

    Official sources declined to comment tonight on a report that Cuba’s Premier Fidel Castro told the non-aligned nations conference in Algiers that his country is breaking diplomatic relations with Israel. The sources pointed out that no official announcement from Cuba’s government had arrived at the Foreign Office. The Foreign Office officials stressed that no official… More ▸

  • Mrs. Meir Greets Bahamas’ Independence

    Premier Golda Meir extended Israel’s felicitations yesterday to the newest member of the family of nations. She cabled “best wishes for the welfare and prosperity of the people of the Bahamas” to Premier Lyndon O. Pindling of the former British Crown Colony which has just achieved independence Simcha Dinitz, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States,… More ▸

  • Cuba’s Jews Get Passover Goods

    Cuba’s dwindling Jewish community of 600 Jews have received Passover goods for their seder observance this year, according to Rabbi Joseph Karasick, chairman, American Section of the World Jewish Congress. The WJC’s affiliate, the Canadian Jewish Congress, has shipped for the 11th year Passover goods, matzo, matzo meal; wine, oil, meat, tea, and horseradish to… More ▸

  • Wj Congress Leader Says Cuba’s Jews Struggling to Maintain Jewish Life

    Cuba’s dwindling Jewish community is carrying on a valiant struggle to maintain Jewish life without the assistance of any rabbis, cantors or professional teachers. Unless adequate aid can be provided, members of the American Section of the World Jewish Congress were told by Lavy Becker of Montreal, this community “born in 1906, right after the… More ▸

  • Jewish Communities in Caribbean May Be Lost Unless Aided by U.S. Jews

    Roots of the 300-year old existence of the Jewish community in the Caribbean may be completely lost unless restored by American Jews and their institutions. Rabbi Dr. Malcolm Stern, a historian and genealogist, told the 69th annual meeting of the American Jewish Historical Society this weekend that synagogues, cemeteries, monuments and other markings of early… More ▸