The American Jewish World: Beth El Congregants Experience Cuba
The exterior is impressive: a grand staircase leads to doors decorated with symbols of the Twelve Tribes, which, in turn, rest under an enormous Mount Sinai-like arch. Ascending the stairs in the late afternoon sun, it indeed felt like we were approaching holy ground - the famed Patronato Synagogue in Havana, Cuba. And after 40 years in which Judaism was not practiced, it slowly making a comeback. An entire generation of Jews - from 1959 to the 1990s - was lost, but through the heroic efforts of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a beneficiary of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and the United Jewish Fund and Council of St,. Paul, Cuba Jews are rediscovering their heritage - and they are embracing it.