THEN AND NOW
This program is a humanitarian effort
In support of the Cuban people
* For groups requiring 10 or more rooms, call us to discuss your preferred dates.
Jews have lived in Cuba for Centuries. Some trace their ancestry to Morranos.
More than 24,000 Jews lived in Cuba prior to 1959. But after the revolution many left for the United Sates, Canada and other parts of the globe. Today there are an estimated 1200 “Jubans” living primarily in Havana. Although short in numbers, they are rich in Jewish cultural traditions and have a very close-knit community. Together we’ll visit the Synagogues, meet with locals and Jewish community leaders, and enjoy a Shabbat Dinner at the Central Synagogue. We’ll also visit sites, which exemplify a country rich in art, architecture, music and dance. Our journey begins on our first night in Havana, with a talk given by the author of “The Chosen Cubans”.
6 Days in Havana & Cienfuegos. The 5-Star Hotel Parque Central Hotel. Daily breakfast with 4 Lunches & 4 Dinners.
Meet Your Organizer
Old Jewish Quarter. Havana city tour
Visit the charming port city of Cienfuegoes
Shabbat dinner at the Central Synagogue (optional)
Ashkenazi Cemetary, Hemingway Estate
Cuban Art, artist studios
Leslie Schatzer, owner of Big Apple Lansman Tours, always had a deep interest in the mass migration of Jews throughout history. Beginning with the Spanish Inquisition, Jews left Spain and Portugal, with some starting a new life in Cuba. It is with this in mind that Leslie teamed up with WorldGuest to develop tours, which explore Jewish life in Cuba "Then and Now". During a recent trip with WorldGuest, we had the distinct advantage of meeting with a major leader of the Jewish community in Havana, who shared fascinating stories of Jews long ago, as well as Jewish life as it exists today. Along with Leslie, Vic and Tony, the owners of WorldGuest, have developed an itinerary to visit old Jewish communities, meet with their leaders and families both in Havan and the countryside. For those Cuban born it can be a "walk down memory lane" and for sure... it will be an educational, cultural, and fun trip!