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With the help of JDC, Jewish communities in Latin America have weathered storms of political upheaval, social uncertainty, and economic collapse. Come to Cuba and visit a Jewish community that has been revived from near extinction and witness dynamic Jewish Cuban life that exists today.

Itinerary Highlights:

    • Insider’s briefing of JDC’s role and strategy in Cuba including a meeting with US Embassy staff
    • What is life like in one of the few remaining communist governments in the world? What are the unique challenges and opportunities that Cuba faces today? Take to the streets and get a sense of commerce, ration stores, a cigar factory, and more!
    • Tour La Habana Vieja, Old Havana, and treat your ears to the vibrant island jazz at one of the city’s classic venues
    • Visit Havana’s three synagogues, the Jewish cemetery and walk through the city’s Old Jewish Quarter
    • Meet with young and senior leaders of the Jewish community
    • Participate in a wonderful celebration of Havdalah and Israeli dancing with the Jewish community at the Patronato; the heart of life in the Jewish community

Trip Dates: November 28- December 2, 2018

Estimated Costs:
Single Occupancy: $3,650 per person

Double Occupancy: $3,050 per person 

Cost Includes: ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals,  site visits, guides, and processing fees; they do not include cost of airfare between countries or transatlantic flights.Costs represent real expenses for JDC.

Participation requires a meaningful gift (minimum $5,000 USD per person) to help support JDC’s rescue, relief, and renewal programs around the world. JDC Board Members and  2018 Ambassadors are exempt. Please contact us for more information.

Read JDC Ambassador Sue Schwartzman’s field blog following her May 2017 mission to Havana

About JDC In Cuba: Cuba has been through dramatic transitions in the last century, as has its Jewish community. In the 1950s, the country was known for its casinos and night clubs. But its glittering night life came to a halt with the Cuban revolution of 1959. The abrupt transition to a communist government, which appropriated all property and prohibited religious expression, caused a seismic shift in the Jewish community: 90% of Cuba’s 15,000 Jews left the country and those who remained were largely disconnected from their heritage. The tide turned again in 1990, as constitutional amendments renewed religious freedom and paved the way for JDC to respond to local requests for assistance in the revival of Jewish life. Since then, JDC has been involved in Cuba’s remarkable resurgence of Jewish tradition, faith and culture.

*Trips subject to change