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The Jews of Cuba

Upcoming Sessions

1. Tuesday, November 26, 2019 28 Cheshvan 5780

7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

2. Tuesday, December 17, 2019 19 Kislev 5780

7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
Past Sessions
Thursday, October 31, 2019 2 Cheshvan 5780 - 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

There was significant Jewish immigration to Cuba in the early 20th century from Turkey following the fall of the Ottoman Empire and from eastern Europe and Russia.

By 1924 there were 24,000 Jews in Cuba, with many working in the garments, tobacco and diamonds industries. In the 30s, additional Jewish immigrants came from Europe as a result of Nazi persecution; some hoped to get to the United States but decided to stay in Cuba. In 1959 before the Revolution, an estimated of 15,000 Jews lived in Havana, where they had five synagogues. Nearly 80% of the Cuban-Jewish population left the island for the United States after the arrival of Fidel Castro and the communist revolution. Additionally, between the years of 1948 and 1997, Cuban Jews immigrated to Israel, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela. Cost: $10 at the event.

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