Jewish Life in Cuba Today

By Jay Sweifach, David Strug, Heidi Heft LaPorte

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Fall 2009

Although about 80% of the Cuban Jewish population emigrated between 1945 and 1965, the Jews that remained have managed to maintain a community that lasts until today. This community celebrates and socializes together, especially as religious restrictions have eased over the 1990s and 2000s. Though further emigration threatens the Cuban Jewish population, encouragement of conversion of non-Jewish spouses and active engagement of Jewish youth contribute to the maintenance of this community. The future of Cuban Jewry is uncertain, and whether increased economic opportunities and freedom of movement will pave the way for Jews to leave or make it desirable for Jews to stay, only time will tell.

(This double issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service is dedicated to SJCS, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Jewish Communal Service).

Topic: Diaspora, International Relations, Immigration, Community Development

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol. 84/No. 3/4

Page Number(s): 313-324

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Cuba

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Sweifach, Jay. Strug, David. LaPorte, Heidi Heft. Jewish Life in Cuba Today. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2009: 313-324. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4443


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