Cuban Jewish Community Newsletter / Año 1 / No. 7 / Marc.-Apr. / 2011 Noticias . 20 years of JDC’S work in Cuba. The Cuban Jewish Community is pleased to present its quarterly . James Carter’s visit.community newsletter, which is available in Spanish and English. Our . Purim Feast at the Majon Tikuninterest is to inform you about the activities that take place in our Olam.community. We hope you enjoy it and we welcome any suggestions . Jalot Project.that could help us improve the work we are doing for you. . Simcha Group’s Rikudim Workshop. . Presentation of Ruth Behar’s book.20 Years of the JDCs work in Cuba. . American Congresswoman’s visit.The celebration of 20 years of uninterrupted partnership between theCuban Jewish Community and the JDC was unforgettable. Together . Community Passover Sedarim.with the visit of an important mission of members of the executive -------------------------------------committee the JDC headed by Jerry Spitzer, the presence of ofSteven Schwager, Executive Director, Alberto Senderey, General The Cuban Jewish Community’sDirector for Europe and Latin America and Fabian Triskier, Associate newsletter has been prepared by the Patronato of the Cuban JewishDirector for Latin America and the Caribbean, we witnessed the pride Community in collaboration withthat the Cuban Jewish Community feels, its vitality, its activities, and members of its organizations.its commitment to Jewish continuity. This newsletter is published on aWe began the community celebrations sharing the Havdalah quarterly basis, if you wish to subscribe, click on the followingceremony and initiating the Purim festivities, together with the option:presidents of all the Jewish communities on the island, members of the community, and the presence of Caridad Diego and Isidro Gómez, :::Subscribe to Newsletter :::from the Office of Religious Affairs. Rabbi Shmuel Szteinhendler (our If you wish to unsubscribe thenconstant guide throughout all these years) and Ivan Glait (former select the following option: representative of the JDC in Cuba) delighted us with the story ofEsther’s Megillat, and later on awards were given in appreciation to :::Unsubscribe::: the ongoing support offered by the JDC to the Cuban Jewish ---------------------------------------Community. Amongst videos, violin songs, personal testimonies, the unmissible rikudim presentations and other surprises, we could verify that thesehave been 20 years of deeds, not of words: a perfect example that thanks to the constant support of the Joint, "Am Israel Be Cuba Jai".
B Breve historia L La Comunida ad Hebrea de Cuba fu undada en 1906, agrup pa a 1500 ju udíos entre las congrega aciones de G Guantánamo, Santiago de Cuba, G Granma, Cam magüey, Sanc Spíritus, cti S Santa Clara, Cienfuegos y Ciudad de C L Habana. La N Nuestra comunidad es sustentada g gracias a las donaciones de hermanas d e y hermanos de la Comun d nidad Judía in nternacional. Agradeceremmos siempre s su apoyo: El futuro d de nuestra C Comunidad también de epende de u usted. . Contact Info ormation C Cuban Jewish Community h y. C Calle I, Esq. a 13, Vedado, P Plaza de la Rev volución C Habana, Cuba. C. T Telf.: (537) 83 8953 32 F Fax: (537) 833 3778 3 Ja ames Carte ers visit t our Com to mmunity. E E-mail: beth_s shalom@enet. .cu ormer U.S. President James Car La April, fo ast rter, shared part of th d he W Website: http://www.chcuba.org/ program of h visit to our count his try in our community During h y. his sta he met with the President o the Cuban Jewish Communit ay of ty, ---------------- ---------------- - Ms Adela Dw s. worin and Vice Presiddent of the Patronato Mr. Dav e o, vid . Editorial Sta aff Prinstein as well as mmembers o the board of direc of ctors of th he Pa atronato an various leaders o the prog nd of grams and community d . Marlén Prinst tein projects that day by day take plac in our co ce ongregation With great n. . Hella Eskenazi ple easure the former p e president ggot to know firsthand about th d he pa articulars of Jewish lif in Cuba and got to see for himself th fe a, r he . Daniel Motola a str ntity that distinguishes us as a communit rong iden t ty. . Johanna Tock ker . Annette Eli . Photographs .A Ariel Benclowicz .C Collaborator rs . Brian Montoto .T Translation .D David Friedma an ---------------------------- ----
Purim Feast a the Majo Tikun ( at on (Sunday S School) . Educational & & Recreation Center. A space create for our yo A ed oungsters The Majon Tik kun Olam, the flagship project o our com of mmunity, on nce in which they can have access to a n agai shows it excellence and hug contribu in ts ge ution to the progress of e small compute er lab, pool ta able, ping Jewish life in o country and especially in our congregati our ion. p pong, gym, st tudy room and game On t this occasio it turned the Purim Feast into a unique moment. T on d m o The rooom with X‐Box an nd Wii. receeption of a myriad of children with the parents who nev n eir s, ver stop pped dress sing-up, to celebrate as a fam o e mily one of the finest A perfect spo to spend time with A ot tradditions of th festival, was very distinctive. The prese he ence of sennior your friends, a pleasant place to yexec cutives of the JDC, as well as member of the Board of t rs the sttudy, learn and have fun. On Patrronato of t the Cuban Jewish Co ommunity gave the celebration a n T Tuesdays and Saturdays we also d remarkable glo ow. h have a physica al education t trainer to From the hand of the Kita Hei, a gro m d a oup of youngsters fro our Majo om on, h help you wit fitness plans and th we heard the story of Q Queen Esthe This tim with a play that n er. me not o other youth activities. You can use a u only demonstr y rated the aacting poteential of th youngst he ters, but aalso o our Youth Center dur ring the their complete connection to the pla which w n ay, was setup with beautiful foollowing hoours: Mon nday to scennery design ned and bu with their own ha uilt ands. The smallest on s nes Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm; m deligghted us w with songs and dances, displa s aying their energy a r and T Tuesdays 10:0 00am to 8:00 0pm and vitality. The re evelation of the day wa undoubt f as tedly the prresentation of n Saturdays 2:00pm to 8:00pmthe Shofar Choir, compo osed mostly by adult members of the Maj y jon and children f of different a ages. Its greatest achhievement: making ea achof the membe ers and vis ent at the synagogue vibrate, n sitors prese e not y o the chose songs, b because of the lar number ofonly because of en but e rge rpeople that for rmed it. For the closing the usua parade o costumes took place, in order to g, al of s rchoo ose the best amongst the brillia t ance and in nventivenes of childr ss renand adults. The celebration of Purim at the Ma m ajon Tikun Olam was a wonder s rful scen that sho ne owed us its amazing a urprise us with each new ability to su wrelease. Many say that it was the best Purim p party held in the histo ory of our commun nity.
."A Abraham Marcu us Matterin" Commmunity Library. The "Abraham Marcus Matterin Library e n” Pu urim flavored Jalot P Project opeens its doors Monday to Thursday Fo some t or time the Jalot Proje ect, found ded by thhe Womens from 9:00am to 4:30pm. This is the only 4 wish Library in Cuba, and it h about Jew has Orrganization of our com mmunity, h has been d doing ongooing work tto wish that ever Jewish h 10 000 volumes in Spanish, English, s ful lfill its h ry home in ou city can enjoy Jalo ur ot, Yiddish and Hebre ew. the bread use in the ce e ed elebration o Shabbat. of . Yoouth Organizattion. At this moment, Jalo not on ot nly counts with the hands o e of rs, mothers and young women fgrandmother s from our coongregation n. Ma accabi Cuba Youth Organizatio brings on toggether young Jews over 13 y years old Ma membe ale ers have also joined, helping w with the preparation o of throughout the co ountry. this food. It has a group of Israeli folk dances. k The ey meet every Tuesday at 5:3 30pm and Fo the Purim festivitie this pro or m es, oject took an active role makin ng Satturdays at 6:000pm to dan nce, play oznei Aman, a traditional and esse ential elem ment of this celebration n. spoorts and learn more about Judaism. To the deligh of the y o ht youngest in the Majon as well as the othe n, a er . Coommunity Pharmacy. meembers of o commu our unity, hundreds of cak filled wi jam wer kes ith re ba aked, in ordder to savo Queen E or Esther’s vicctory, a he eroine in thhe The e Community P Pharmacy, unique to the his story of the Jewish pe e eople. Once again, the female representatio e e on Cub ban Jewish Commmunity opens its doors eve Tuesday an Thursday du ery nd uring the no only offered us its e ot everlasting love, but aalso made an incredible a hou of 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Of urs ffers free contribution to the edu ucation of present an future generations. nd serrvice to Jew wish and no on‐Jewish pat trons.
Up pcoming Activ vities Community Havdalah . C Ri ikudim Wo orkshop fo Simcha Group me or embers On Saturday, May 14th, we will elebrate a unique co ce ommunity If you haven’t heard ab bout it and youre over 55, we’re letting you r u Haavdalah, since following t the usual kn now that las April a R st Rikudim wor rkshop designed excluusively for re eligious ceremony w we’ll be Simcha group members started. s ce elebrating Yo om Haatzm maut, the he Th only con ndition that you must to have is the desire to sharee an nniversary of the Indepenndence of our love o dance. From mora Sumiko Zayon’s hand everyyo of h y th he State of Isra ael. W Wednesday from 10:00am you can enjoy the infinite power o of Israeli folk d dances. Th worksho is inser his op rted into the Nationa al Womens Org . W ganization Rikudim prog gram that has been oongoing for over 15 years in our r yco ommunity a and is sup pported by the JDC. So now yo know, i ou if M May 7th at 2:00pm we will be obody had told you, you have the coordinat to come and shareno tes e e ce elebrating Mothers Day at the M y our energy and furthyo her strengthen your JJewishness, and wha at Pa atronato. All o our women arre invited. be etter way to do it than dancing! o n Pre esentation of Ruth Behar’s Bo n ook. In March, Ms. Ruth Beha presente her book “Una Isla Llamada . ar ed k Hogar” (A Pla called H ace Home) in ou community, at the Patronato ur of the Cuban Jewish Com mmunity. T The presenttation pane was el chaaired by the Vice Pres e sident of the Patronato Mr. David Prinstein, e o dby the author and sever leaders o commun r ral of nity groups andpro ograms. The author commented with those present a e e about all th research he htha preceded the comp at d pletion of th book. Sh also exp he he plained how wher own exp periences w were expressed throu ughout the book. The eboook’s illustr rations were setup at the Pa atronato’s Hall as an nexpposition. W invite yo to come around our library and look up We ou e a p bthis special book that t tells us aboout the sense of hom that our mebeaautiful islan has offered and still offers to many. nd
American Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Visit. On Thursday, April 28th, we welcomed to our community theAmerican Congresswoman for the state of California, Barbara Lee, who together with a delegation of 18 people was interested ingetting to know the history of the Jewish Community in Cuba. Ms. Adela Dworin, President of the Community met with theCongresswoman and shared details of the performance of different community groups and projects that take place day by day in thecongregation. In the same manner and guided by the Presidents own hand, next to Vice President of the Patronato Mr. David Prinstein and Board members of this same institution, she wasgiven a tour of the facility that give faith to the permanence of Jewish life in our country. Towards the end of the visit, thecongresswoman showed her satisfaction in witnessing that the Jewish community in Cuba is still beating with increasing strength. Community Passover Sedarim. When we reach the month of April, perhaps the most awaited festival is the Feast of Passover. Its time for the family to share the countless values that this celebration offers, but at the same time it’s one of the occasions in the year that our community is busy in a endless number of events related to the festivity itself. Already a week before the start of Passover all the energy of the community members is focused on the distribution of Passover products. With the effort and the assistance of the Canadian Jewish Federations, every Jewish home in Cuba can enjoy the feast’s proper food. With the arrival of the container to our community, the Cuban Maccabi Youth Organization together with other members of the congregation volunteered to unload the products. This confirms the commitment of the younger generations.
On Monday the 18th a Tuesday the 19th o April the Passover y and y of Sedarims w were held in our comm n munity. On the first night, members o all ages c of came toget ther as a family to sha the are different pa arts of the Seder. The Morim Tze e evet from the Majon Tikkun Olam, as good teachers d guided every mom T d do, ment of the night and tthe children took part actively sin n nging and cheering up c p the hall of the Patrona t ato. It was really a sp pecial occas sion for every one o those pr of resent. Th second n he night the pprotagonist were the youngste ts e ers, makingg uetru one of the key phr rases of the seder: “... and you will pass it e talo ong from generation to gener n ration.” On this occ n casion, thee Maadrijim Tzeevet comm mented and explained each of the steps, d d ,alw ways full of vitality an energy. There was no shortag of songs f nd ge sannd joy, w which conf firms that the com t mmunitys future is sgu uaranteed.
Th Passove week co he er ould not h have finish hed better than bycelebrating at our own M Majon Tikun Olam. As we are accustomed sto, the smalle ones wo , er ould not be left out of the celebr f ration andne eedless to s say, that tthey were really up t the mom to ment. Thewe known “ ell “Sederito” (Little Seder) has beecome a ke part in ey e events th take place as part of the cthe hat celebrations On this s.occasion the Majon’s Ha aggadah wa presente designe by and as ed, ed for the Majon’s student In the same manner each and every r ts. aon of the K ne Kitot had ttheir space within the Seder which was e wdis stinguished by its enth d husiasm.