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=== Jewish History in Cuba  ===
 
=== Jewish History in Cuba  ===

Revision as of 16:28, 12 November 2015

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Maps of Cuba[edit | edit source]

  • To view present-day Cuba at Google Maps, click here.
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Jewish History in Cuba[edit | edit source]

During the 16th and 17th centuries, Jews immigrated to Cuba from Portuguese controlled Brazil due to persecution. New Jewish immigrants established trade in Cuba and, by the 18th century, Cuban Jewish trade reached Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Hamburg, Germany.

In the late 1800's, Jews from the Dutch Antilles settled in Cuba. Many Jewish traders pursuing business in the New World set up outposts on the island. In 1898, after the Spanish-American War, Jews established a permanent presence in Cuba. American Ashkenazi Jews born in Romania and elsewhere in Eastern Europe immigrated to Cuba to work for U.S.-owned plantations and businesses. In 1906, 11 American Jews founded Cuba's first synagogue, the United Hebrew Congregation, a Reform synagogue that conducted services in English. This is considered the official beginning of the Cuban Jewish community.

A large number of Jews immigrated to Cuba from 1910 until 1920, including Sephardic Jews from Turkey. Many Jews came from Eastern Europe and used Cuba as a stopover en route to the United States, which had a strict quota system at that time. Many decided to stay since there was little anti-Semitism in Cuba, as well as good weather. Many of the new immigrants from Europe prospered in Cuban’s garment industry. By 1924, there were 24,000 Jews living in Cuba. (This information is taken from Jewish Virtual Library)


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