TYPE: Letter
DIMENSIONS: 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
COMPONENTS: One page of text.
ITEM ID: 4592

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Cuban Judaica – Hebrew National Refugee Service, Inc.

DATE
Year: 1939
Decade: 1930s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: December 15, 1939

National Refugee Services Inc in New York communication to Joint Relief Committee in Havana regarding a Jewish refugee about to set sail for Havana.

Jewish Cubans, Cuban Jews, or Cubans of Jewish heritage, have lived in the nation of Cuba for centuries. Some Cubans trace Jewish ancestry to Marranos (converts to Christianity) who came as colonists, though few of these practice Judaism today. More than 24,000 Jewish persons lived in Cuba in 1924, and more immigrated to the country in the 1930s. But during and after the 1959 communist revolution, 94% of the Jewish left for the United States and other countries. In 2007 an estimated 1,500 known Jewish Cubans remained in the country, overwhelmingly located in Havana. Several hundred have since emigrated to Israel.