The Jews of Cuba

Spreading Jewish wisdom to 1400 Jews who have been cut off from the world.

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Comments (8)

(7) Anonymous, December 23, 2015 4:14 AM

Many of us Cubans of Spaniard descent have jewish roots. We are Sephardic people. It's an honor.

(6) Anonymous, December 22, 2015 11:23 PM

I'd like to donate specifically for this trip. Their lives will be so enriched! I'm immensely grateful that JWRP offered this opportunity to me a year ago.
Please tell me how to proceed.
One of my dearest friends came from Cuba and taught me how to make Challah for Shabbat. It's the best recipe I've ever tasted!

Lori Palatnik, December 23, 2015 1:25 PM


Thank you for wanting to help us bring the Cuban women to Israel! Go to: and click "donate" on the top right! Bless you!

(5) Anonymous, December 22, 2015 4:34 AM

Kol Hakavod to you for all your work. Nice video, but there is a major historical inaccuracy. In the 1930s, Cuba did NOT tell the Jews to "come." In fact, it was the opposite. In the late 1930s, a ship called the SS St. Louis sailed from Europe to Cuba. On the ship, were over 900 Jews with visas for Cuba. Cuba did not allow these people to disembark, though! The ship sailed from country to country trying to find a place that would take the Jewish refugees in. They sailed in vain for nobody was willing to help the Jews and so the ship returned to Europe. I'm sure you can figure out the rest of the story...

(4) Esther faur, December 21, 2015 7:04 PM

Just want to say thank you I always enjoy your video

(3) Ranee, December 20, 2015 8:01 PM


Kol Hakavod to you Lori Palatnik! May Hashem bless you and the ladies on the upcoming trip in May. May you continue to share your wisdom and that the ladies should have a moving experience to share when they get back to their homes.

(2) Devorah Miller, December 20, 2015 5:45 PM

It's a great thing to reach out to our brothers and sisters around the world, and the people were so touched,feeling connected and continuing to connect to our heritage.


Yishar koach on your ideas and going with them! I was so moved by not only what you are doing, but by the response of our fellow yidden over there. I remember that my rabbi, Rabbi Wovolvsky, here in Silver Spring, MD, said that if you have an idea to do something in service of Hashem, go ahead and do that. So I would love to get involved with this project and help in any way I can. Please contact me at my email address.

(1) Anonymous, December 20, 2015 2:52 PM

please read about my Mom - who's from Cuba

What an amazing video.
We live in Yerushlayim, as well as my 83 year old Mom who is a Cuban Jew. Her parents went to Cuba from Russia, in the early 1920's when the gates to the USA were closed. The intention of my grandparents was to stay in Cuba for 1 year and then to continue on to the USA on a Cuban visa. But when they got to Cuba my grandparents saw that life was good for the Jews in Cuba. Besides the beautiful surroundings, there were already shuls, kosher meat/chicken, mikvaots established. So my grandparents stayed. My mother was born in Cuba and stayed there until 1955 when she and my dad (my Mom was pregnant with me), felt that it was time to leave.
My father's story is exactly the same, except that his family went from Turkey to Cuba.
My mother would love the opportunity to meet with these women when you come to Israel. Is there a way to arrange for this?
If you could contact me I'd really appreciate it.
Esther Davis

BTW my mom's story is written up in Debbie Shapiro's book Women Talk, mom's chapter is called 'From Cuba to Jerusalem'.

all the best,


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