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Jewish Tours in Cuba

Now is the perfect time to explore the rich Jewish culture in Cuba. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has given companies such as ATI the ability to create intimate traveling experiences for those who want to explore the amazing history of the largest island in the Caribbean. If you have been interested in Jewish tours to Cuba, then read ahead for a look at how you can make this dream a reality.

The History of Jews in Cuba

Up until the 1950s, there were over 24,000 Jews in Cuba with hundreds of new immigrants every year. While some of these communities could trace their history all the way back to the original Marranos colonists, most came from countries such as Turkey during the early 20th century. Jewish immigrants opened a variety of new shops ranging from clothing stores to export companies, and these communities would continue to flourish for the next 30 years. During the 1959 revolution, however, over 90 percent of the Jewish community left Cuba for the United States and other countries.

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The Jewish Community in Cuba

Currently, there are around 1,300 Jews in Cuba. Even with these small numbers, the Jewish community is extremely tight-knit and even celebrated its official 100th anniversary in 2006. Jewish families flourish throughout the island and play an important role in the country with a number of community centers, schools, and synagogues. As the sanctions against Cuba are stripped away, these communities have become popular sites for many travelers.

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Exploring Jewish Culture in Cuba

For over 50 years, trips to Cuba have been seen as nearly impossible for most Americans. In the 1960s, the U.S. Treasury created 12 categories that would allow U.S. persons to travel to this island. Many of these categories prohibited any activities that would be considered leisure, and the required paperwork needed to be submitted to agencies in both countries. The process seemed daunting to the average person and could take many months. Recently special authorizations have changed to the much easier “general authorization”, including traveling to Cuba for educational tours.

ATI now offers a custom “Jewish Heritage” travel packages for those who would like to learn more about Jewish culture and faith in Cuba. This trip lasts for six days and begins with a closer look at the capital city of Havana. Lead by an English speaking guide, travelers will be able to explore sites such as the Old Square, Central Park, La Inglaterra Hotel, and Parque Central Hotel to the Malacon.

Starting on the third day, travelers will meet with a Jewish Cuban historian who will give an introduction on the history of Jews in Cuba. This includes a look at the Jewish cemetery in Guanabacoa followed by the Holocaust Memorial. In the following days, you will be able to explore all of the most prominent Jewish sites in Cuba including The Salomon Mitreani Center, El Patronado Jewish Free Pharmacy, and the Casa de la Comunidad Hebrea de Cuba.

Throughout this trip, you will also be given an opportunity to explore and understand the Cuban culture as a whole. Travelers will enjoy local cuisine, music, and nightlife as they meet and interact with everyday families and prominent figures.

An Unforgettable Trip

There is no better time to explore the Jewish culture in Cuba and the Cuban lifestyle as a whole. A Jewish tour to Cuba through ATI will provide you with an insider’s look at the day-to-day lives of Jews in Cuba and their role in its history. Contact ATI today and take that first step toward the trip of a lifetime.