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Temple Emanu-El Goes to Cuba


Join us as we explore the road less traveled.

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  • March 16-20, 2016
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Join Temple Emanu-El for a rare, exciting cultural and educational experience.

With US-Cuba diplomatic relations restored, Americans can now confidently visit one of the Caribbean’s crown jewels—an island largely preserved in time since the 1950s. Known for its gorgeous colonial architecture, vintage American cars, hip-shaking music and mouthwatering food, Cuba melds flavors, sounds and traditions from around the globe and across the centuries. What’s not so well known is the nation’s rich Jewish history—but you’re about to become an expert!

Travel with us this spring for an enlightening four-day exploration of the distinctly “Jewban” life that emerged with waves of both Sephardic and Ashkenazi immigration.

Though most Jews left during the revolution, a small community remains, and we will meet various members during our visit to Adath Israel, the last functioning synagogue in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Havana. Other stops on our tour include the mikvah, Jewish cemetery and the first Holocaust Memorial in the Western Hemisphere.

Jewban \’ju-ban\ noun; adjective Cuban Jew; of or relating to Cuban Jews

Of course, we will also explore the island as a whole, with trips to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of the Revolution, Hemingway’s onetime home, craft markets, cafes and much more. All the while, we will travel with an extremely knowledgeable licensed local guide.

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