Enjoy a tour of Jewish sites with English speaking driver around Havana minimum 5 hours with a “quick” lunch in between.
A Jewish presence has existed in Cuba for centuries starting with the first Jewish inhabitants that sailed along with Columbus at the time of the Spanish Inquisition.
We visit Guanabacoa’s Jewish Ashkenazi Cemetery located across the Bay of Havana.
We stop at the Beth Shalom Synagogue (Comunidad hebrea de la Habana Beth Shalom) and meet the leader of the local Jewish community, Adela Dworin, who offers a presentation on the history of Jews on the island and the Patronato’s role in the community revival. We visit the restored building and the Jewish library, pharmacy and also the Sunday school housed within the center.
We stop by the Centro Sefardita, the Sephardic Hebrew Center of Cuba where weekly Kabbalat Shabbat services are held and Shacharit on Saturday mornings. Here we visit the new Holocaust museum installation.
In the old town with its rich cultural and historical attractions, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988, we visit the Adath Israel Temple, a small Jewish community in Habana Vieja. The only Mikvah in Cuba can be found here. Twice a day meals are served to the people attending services. Contributions are welcomed.
Visit the Plaza de Armas, the “Arms’ Square”, the Governor’s palace, while we can hunt local antiques at the authentic antique market, walk through the Plaza San Francisco where we look at the old Stock Exchange Palace and St. Francis of Assis Church and the Cathedral Square.
Visit the Jewish thematic hotel the Hotel Raquel restored in 2006. A beautiful eclectic style mansion built in 1908 by a jewish merchant family.Then we visit La Plaza Vieja, the “Old Square”.
Along the way, we visit the Malecon, old Havana and other sites.
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