Event: The Jews of Cuba: The Road to Paradise and the Land We Called Home
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Cost: $8M/ $10NM
In 1927, Miriam Levinson’s grandfather set out for Paradise (the United States) and wound up in Cuba. For the next 30 years, her family called Cuba home—a Jewish paradise on a tropical island. A Jewish community of more than 15,000 settled in Cuba during the 20th century. In the 1950s, Cuban Jews were at the height of their prosperity. After the revolution, most of the Jews left Cuba, but it remains close to their hearts.
Miriam Levinson, an Ashkenazi Jew, was born in Cuba and relocated to the United States with her family in the late 1950s. She heads the Jewish Community Center Travel Department in Chicago, where she gives talks on Jewish life worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.jccnv.org.
Filmmaker Ruth Behar has also published two related books: “An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba” and The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology that Breaks Your Heart.