The CAJM works closely with the Jewish communities of Cuba to make their dreams of a richer Cuban Jewish life become reality.
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CAJM members may travel legally to Cuba under license from the U.S. Treasury Dept. Synagoguges & other Jewish Org. also sponsor trips to Cuba.
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Become a friend of the CAJM. We receive many letters asking how to help the Cuban Jewish Community. Here are some suggestions.
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How to help


We receive many letters asking how to help.  Here are some suggestions. 


  • Donate money to fund our projects
  • Ask your friends to donate to our projects
  • Do a fundraiser
  • Speak in the community about your trip and ask for donations for our projects.
  • Promote donations of humanitarian aid. See our PROJECTS page and The Needs 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 countryside.
  • Collect 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 year.
  • Find us a  good PC laptop computer
  • Do general office help if you live in the S.F. East Bay Area

Become a Friend of The CAJM
Mitzvah Squad

Why We Must Care—by Elaine Scheye

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 can’t 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 tax deductible!

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 Cuba? 

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  

The Cuba-America Jewish Mission is a nonprofit exempt organization under Internal Revenue Code Sections 501(c)(3), 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) per private letter ruling number 17053160035039. Our status may be verified at the Internal Revenue Service website by using their search engine. All donations may be tax deductible.
Consult your tax advisor. Acknowledgement will be sent.