“First The Communists…Then The Jews” – Reflections On Our Trip to Cuba

As I shared last week, several of us traveled to Havana to visit the Jewish community there. We traveled to Cuba via cruise ship. We left Fort Lauderdale last Thursday afternoon and arrived in Havana Friday morning. We spent Shabbat at sea, visited Nassau on Sunday and returned to Fort Lauderdale early Monday morning. We only spent one day in Havana. Prior to our visit, this was a bit of a concern to me. I questioned whether or not we would really be able to experience the Cuban Jewish experience in such a short period of time. Yes, it would’ve been nice to spend bit more time with the Jewish community in Havana, which is made up of approximately 1,000 people. It would’ve been interesting to visit some of the smaller Jewish communities outside of Havana – there are about 200 or so Jews spread out throughout the country. This…