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“A must visit from Jewish visitors”

Comunidad hebrea de La Habana Beth Shalom
Ranked #106 of 279 things to do in Havana
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed April 9, 2016

Really important to stop by and say hello and leave a little tzedakah if you can (they'll provide you with a receipt!). Note that the sanctuary is now rented out for an arts school during the week. They have shabbat services mostly led by the congregants with a visiting rabbi from Chile when needed. They also offer a Hebrew School for the 1200 remaining population as 90% of the Jewish community left for a better life in Israel, USA and Canada. The synagogue is listed on official maps as a location to visit which was nice to see the recognition. Keep in mind its a bit challenging to find someone that speaks English, however eventually you'll get to meet a synagogue worker. Worth the visit.

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Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is the biggest Jewish community center in Cuba. there's a synagogue attached to the center, and it is fully functioning with a visiting Rabbi who comes from other parts of Latin America to hold services. The center supports a free pharmacy which anyone in the neighborhood can visit for over the counter and prescription items that are very hard to find otherwise. The center sponsors lots of athletic activities for kids, and it even sponsors a series of teams for the Maccabbi games held in Israel every 4 years.

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Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is the center of Judaism. There are approximately 1300 Jewish people in Cuba.
Havana has a small Jewish community. This is a modern Synagouge situated in Verdado. Built in 1959. We were given a short tour in the yewish section and had a chat with some religious people. Nice folks and very friendly. they ask us for money and if you visit bring medicines.

5  Thank Armando M
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Reviewed January 13, 2015

Havana has a small Jewish community. This is the largest and most modern Synagouge situated in Verdado. Built in 1959. We phoned first and met some of the office bearers at the Synagogue. We were given a short tour and had a chat. Nice folks and very friendly. Bring medicines if you visit.

4  Thank manunited45
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

This is the center of Judaism in Havana. There are approximately 1300 Jewish people in Cuba. They will give you a nice tour and tell you about Jewish life in Cuba. Be sure to bring some basic medical supplies to given them for their weekly program of giving away needed medicines and supplies to people in need.

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