The CAJM works closely with the Jewish communities of Cuba to make their dreams of a richer Cuban Jewish life become reality. During the past twelve years, we have carried many tons of necessities to every Jewish community of the island, including a large variety of prescription and over the counter medicines, dental supplies, school supplies, kosher ritual food, toiletries, clothing, eyeglasses, baby formula, infant vitamins, diaper ointment, and bottles.
SALOMON MITRANI SENIOR CENTER
OR CHADASH SYNAGOGUE IN SANTA CLARA
PATRONATO PRE-SCHOOL CLASSROOM
KOSHER BUTCHER SHOP
JEWISH BOOKS IN SPANISH
COMMUNITY HOLIDAY DINNERS
LIFESTORIES; A PROJECT TO BUILD JEWISH IDENTITY
SALOMON MITRANI SENIOR CENTER IN HAVANA
The CAJM with partner organizations, under the leadership of Dr. Mayra Levy, president of Centro Sefaradi Synagogue, has created the Salomon Mitrani Senior Center. With an initial client base of forty seniors at its opening on October 17, 2011, the center will ultimately provide to a population of seventy five people, breakfast and lunch daily, medical and psychological care, physical therapy, and a full schedule of structured activities that enhance the quality of life of the oldest members of the community.
The center is to be permanently house in the formerly abandoned main sanctuary of the synagogue. Renovations will be completed in early 2012. The Center is named for Salomon Mitrani, a well-respected member of the Cuban Sephardic Community who fought in the Israeli War of Independence and then returned to his native country.
OR JADASH – THE NEW SANTA CLARA SYNAGOGUE
Since the Cuban revolution of 1959, no new synagogues have opened in Cuba. Older synagogues have been renovated, but new construction has heretofore been impossible. Santa Clara had a synagogue until 1961, when it was closed and the building appropriated for other uses. Through the tireless efforts of community president David Tacher Romano, in partnership with the CAJM, other organizations, and many synagogues in the U.S. and Canada, the dream is now a reality. Heavy construction is complete and only detail work remains. The building will be officially dedicated in early 2012.
EL PATRONATO PRE-SCHOOL
In 2011, the leadership of El Patronato, the Havana Jewish Community Center asked for our assistance to convert an existing classroom into a pre-school for children ages 2 – 4. Heretofore, there was no Jewish pre-school available in Cuba. CAJM donated age appropriate classroom furniture, and décor. CAJM continues to support the project with curricular materials and supplies.