Congratulations to Arturo Lopez-Levy on his website that
discusses Cuban affairs.
Arturo was born and
raised in Havana and now is a lecturer and doctoral candidate at
the Josef Korbel School of International Studies of the
University of Denver. worked as analyst for the Cuban government
between 1993 and 1994 when he resigned from his post. Between
1999 and 2001, he was secretary of the Maimonides Lodge of B'nai
B'rith in the Cuban Jewish Community. His views reveal the
situation from a Cuban perspective and reflect on the reality of
the Jewish Cuban community.
Samuel Zagovalov (President)
Ida Gutsztadt, the secretary, writes, "We are very
happy and we are sure we will continue with our job in
the Lodge with our heart."
May the Lodge go from strength to strength with many
Enya Daniela on her recent bat mitzvah at Adath Israel
in La Habana Vieja.
Congratulations to the Kosher Butcher Shop staff
work in a refurbished space.
There is a new refrigerator and a meat grinder for the first
time. The walls are painted and the counter redone. The
space is clean and bright. Many thanks to the various
organizations and people in the U.S. who donated for this
Samuel Sagovalov packages meat for Alberto Mechulam while
Yaacov Bresniak looks on
Yamilit Brezniak grinds beef for the community
Samuel Zagovalav and Elier Parra work behind the counter.
The new refrigerator can be seen in the background
Cuban Jewish Community attending MASA Israel for the first
HAVANA, February 22, 2010.
For the first time in the history two young representatives
Cuban Jewish Community are attending a Tikun Olam Program in
as part of their long term educational experience in the
MAZEL TOV TO
COMUNIDAD HEBREA HATIKVAH DE SANTIAGO de CUBA on the successful
celebration of their 85th ANNIVERSARY.
This 3 day celebration included Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat
services and Torah study, several community meals, speaches, arts
and crafts, and general joyous times.
Cousins, David Budegin Farin and Alejandro Aloma Farin lead Shabbat
Services. Alejandro is visiting from Beersheva, Israel
Lourdes Levy Ross leads Torah Study before lunch,
Elias Mizraji does the motzi as Eugenia Farin, president, looks on.
Jaime is a devoted member of Hatikva
The Balia family came to celebrate from Campachuela
December, as always, the Cuba-America Jewish Mission was able to
support the Chanukah celebrations in
each community thanks to the help of all our wonderful supporters.
We are grateful to David Pernas of Camaguey who sent up photos of
that community's celebration and to everyone who made each
community's celebration possible.
2009, Several youth from the Jewish community of Cuba were invited
to attend Camp Gesher, a teen camp in
Ontario, Canada, Among them was Yvonne Barlia from Sancti Spiritus
who has shown a strong interest in photography. Here are some of
Mazel Tov to the
Maimonides Lodge of Cuba on it's new officers. May you all
be blessed with wisdom and good health. We look forward to hearing
about your successes in the year to come.
Presidente: Q.H. Samuel Zagovárov
Vice Presidente 1ero.: Q.H. Simón Goltstein
Vice Presidente 2do.: Q.H. Alberto Adato
Tesorera: Q.Hna. Ida Gutsztat
Vice Tesorero: Q.H.
Secretaria: Q.Hna. Amanda Adato
Vice Secretaria: Q.Hna. Esther Jequín
Mazel tov to
the Simja group and others on the latest community activity.
Pictures are courtesy of Lourdes Albo, Simja Group Director
Mazel Tov to Mr. and Mrs. Berezniak
of Adath Israel Synagogue on their Jewish wedding in
Photo courtesy of Yacob Berezniak Hernandez.
Adath Israel, the
Orthodox Synagogue in Havana, is actively helping its members with
daily needs such as powdered milk, thanks to the many supporters who
have provided funds for thieir Tzedakah project. Go to their website
http://jewishcuba.org/adathcuba/ to learn more about
Adath Israel, in
Havana is very proud of it's new program to supply vitamins, some medications, and
toiletries to members who
live nearby the synagogue in Habana Vieja. This saves them the trip
across town, a blessing particularly for the seniors who cannot
travel. They get supplies delivered to their doors.
"We have had a
regular summer with some trips to the beach" and...
There was a special adult program spnsored by the JDC during vacation
for people who attend the Sunday adult religious school and for
active members of communities in the countryside. It was held
in a camp setting (countryside, small buildings, swimming pool) in
the Pinar del Rios area. The program included social time,
study time, discussions of relevant topics for Jewish adults, and
plans for future development of adult activities.
OF HOPE IN SANTIAGO DE CUBA
Hope by Eugenia Farin
Levy, president, Comunidad Hebrea Hatikva de Santiago de Cuba
20 of March 2005
The Hebrew Community of Santiago of Cuba was represented in the
¨Marathon of the Hope¨ dedicated symbolically to Terry Fox. This
event is part of an international movement to collect funds to
finance scientific investigations to fight cancer. The participants
were: David Budegén Farin (16) Alejandro Alomá Farin (18) Julio
Alomá Gómez (54).
Today, 24 years after his physical disappearance, the humankind is
showing more efforts to find ways to fight against that painful
Some people live and they are optimistic. They know that men of
faith along with the men of science will find a road for life. We
put soul, heart and wisdom to make possible a better world where
there be peace, health and understanding among it human beings. We
ask because all those that suffer can find consolation and strength,
that we can give one to the other, courage, not with words but with
These they are the proposals that inspired the three members of
Hatikva that ran today, 20 of March 2005, in the sports marathon,
with the common pledge to honor this man that confronted valiantly
his physical limitations.
Never be conquered, was our motto, nothing should stop us to promote
the noblest ideas of humanity.