Cuba

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 a Retrospective View of Jewish Emigration from Cuba

    The story in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency Daily News Bulletin of May 10 by David Friedman about the current resettlement of Cuban refugees in which HIAS is playing a key role brings to mind the original exodus from Cuba which took place in the early 1960s at the beginning of the Castro regime. At that… More ▸