What Life Is Like for Jews in Cuba https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/politics-current-affairs/2017/05/what-life-is-like-for-jews-in-cuba/

Now that Americans can easily visit the “Latin paradise,” I jumped at the opportunity to see first-hand the reality of life for its few remaining Jews. It isn’t pretty.

May 11, 2017 | Dovid Margolin
About the author: Dovid Margolin is a senior editor at Chabad.org, where he writes on Jewish life around the world, with a particular interest in Russian Jewish history.
Salomon Gonte Leyderman, 83, and other Cuban Jews enter the Beth Shalom synagogue on December 29, 2006 in Havana. Sven Creutzmann/Mambo Photo/Getty Images.
Less than four hours from New York by plane, the dreamy island destination of Cuba—fabled home to vintage American cars, Hemingway mojitos, and charming pastel-colored buildings, and so long closed off to the average American—is easy to get to today. I landed in Havana on the December 2016 day when Fidel Castro’s ashes were buried in the city of Santa Clara, the culmination of nine days of state-imposed, nation-wide mourning.

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