Map of Cuba The bar and bat mitzvah training program initiated by JDC in Cuba—the first formal study program of its kind in 40 years—has become a mainstay of the island’s re-emergent Jewish life.

Communist Cuba today is undergoing its most dramatic transformation since the early 1990s, when the suspension of Soviet subsidies unraveled the country’s economy, plunging its citizens into dire poverty.

Among the societal changes of these two decades has been the rebirth of religious life—including a Jewish renaissance—encouraged by JDC’s re-entry into Cuba in 1991 to help the community rebuild itself from the ground up and offer its neediest members vital assistance.

Cuba’s Jewish community is centralized in Havana, with smaller, active communities in Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Guantanamo, Sancti Spiritus, Santa Clara, and Santiago de Cuba.

Today, in collaboration with the local Jewish community, JDC:

Find out how Marlen became one of the community’s hallmark women leading the way for Cuban Jews with JDC’s training and support.