We receive many letters
asking how to help. Here are some suggestions.
WE NEED YOU TO:
money to fund our projects
friends to donate to our projects
the community about your trip and ask for donations for our projects.
donations of humanitarian aid. See our
PROJECTS page and
List. If you are going to travel to Cuba,
consider this list as a guide for what to take to the pharmacy in El
Patronato in Havana or to communities in the
in-date medicines and vitamins from friends, doctors, and pharmacists.
Package them and prepare them for
carriers that are unable to put together their own packages of aid.
Sign up to
visit the Jews of Cuba with any one of the wonderful groups going this
Find us a
good PC laptop computer
office help if you live in the S.F. East Bay Area
Become a Friend of The CAJM
Why We Must Careóby Elaine
After traveling to Cuba a few years ago, I continued to keep
track of the Jewish community through various websites. One day,
while clicking around on the Internet, I found The Cuba-America
Jewish Mission and a program called Bottoms Up. It was there,
that I, a single woman working in healthcare, found my four
godchildren. My first one, Adriana, looked just like me when I
was a tiny child and her birthday is near that of my beloved
Mother, of Blessed Memory. So excitedly, I called to pronounce
that Adriana was mine and mine alone.
Thus began what is
now into its 5th year of a relationship that continues to
evolve. I help both Adriana and her sister, MY SECOND GODCHILD,
with their homework via the Internet. Their mother facilitates.
I send clothes and books and in return, I am overjoyed when I
receive pictures of mi dos princesas, my two princesses, wearing
clothes and reading the books I send. Their mother emails the
messages the kids send me.
I recently returned
from Cuba where I attended the Bat Mitzvah of the oldest of mi
dos princesas, in this case, Princesa Ely, sister of Adri. My
other two kids are princes, one of which is autistic and whose
special needs are costly.
As American Jews, we take for granted that all our kids will
have shoes. In Cuba, even though they have some money, they
often canít find shoes in the sizes they need to meet the needs
of growing children.
If you want to do a
Mitzvah where real children benefit directly and immediately
from your donations, GIVE to the Bottoms Up Program and other
programs administered by The Cuba-America Jewish Mission. Trust
me, you will have satisfaction unlike anything you have ever
known in your lifetime. These programs are not abstractions.
This organization is wonderful about making sure that your
financial donations and clothing and books get directly to the
families, and in short order. And, your donations are all income
If anyone wishes to
contact me, please contact June Safran, executive director, who
will be happy to provide you with my information.
Are you going to Cuba?
Do you know that each person is permitted to carry 22 pounds of humanitarian aid into
Would you be
willing to carry letters to Cubans from their friends and relatives in the U.S.?
We can help you fulfill these mitzvoth.
We can assist you in obtaining prepacked medicines, clothing, Jewish ritual
goods, books in Spanish, etc. Contact us at
Todah Rabah to our Friends
in the Medical Profession
For the past 12 years, the following doctors have helped supply
the pharmacies in Havana and the provincial communities with
both medicines and financial help to buy medicines. Most of them
are from the San Francisco Bay Area because that is where the
CAJM is based Our volunteers have made the rounds and been
We are very grateful to the following individuals and
organizations that have provided us with the necessary medicines
and humanitarian needs on a regular basis for many years:
Assoc. Medical Group (Leslie Tim, M.D.
Harvey Olsen, MD
Ron Berman, M.D.
Larry Schwartz, M.D.
Neil Gozan, M.D.
David Eshrich, M.D
Stephen Sommer, M.D.
Jerry Kramer, M.D.
Guillermo Varegas, M.D.
Jim Mooney, M.D.- Nor-Cal Urology Group
Robert Smith, M.D.- Nor-Cal Urology Group
James Karol, M.D.-Nor-Cal Urology Group
Robert Kinderchuck, M.D.-Nor-Cal Urology Group
Michael Darby, M.D.
Zealous Wiley, M.D.
Tom Hargrave, M.D.
Silvia Villagomez, M.D.
Fred Hershkowitz, M.D.
Leland Dobbs, M.D.
Micheo Kawachi, M.D.
Sam Dong, M.D.
Budd Shenkin, M.D
Ervin Eptstein, M.D
Robert Safran, M.D
Jay Levy, M.D Ė UCSF
Marvin Schwartz, M.D
Arnold Belker, M.D. Ė Louisville,KY
James Felt, M.D.
Marvin Engel, M.D
We have a special Pharmacist who travels to Cuba once in awhile
but always has our communities on his mind. His name is Harold
Gordon and he lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Harold is always
there for the CAJM and for other groups as well. He gets
donations of samples and often buys needed items at his special
price, then donates them to whoever is available to carry to
Cuba. There is no thank you great enough to show proper
appreciation to this good soul who deserves as many blessings as
he gives to others.
We gratefully acknowledge the mitzvah of sponsoring a
Community Holiday Dinner for the Jewish communities of Havana, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos,
Caibarien, Sancti Spiritus, Camaguey, Campechuela, and Santiago de Cuba.
BETHESDA JEWISH COMMUNITY
ZIV TZEDADAH FUND
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
We ask for your blessings and
partnership as we attempt to turn dreams into mitzvoth. If you can join us on our
trips, wonderful - you will have the experience of a lifetime. If not, help Jewish
educators make the journey and help us send humanitarian aid by donating funds.
Make checks payable to
Jewish Mission and send them to:
Cuba-America Jewish Mission
1442A WALNUT STREET #224
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