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Beth Shalom Temple (Havana, Cuba)

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Hebrew community centre in Havana. Conservative.

KWB’s Highlights:

  • Temple Beth Shalom, built in 1952, is a synagogue located in the Vedado neighborhood of downtown Havana.
  • If you have more information we would be happy to update this page.
  • To understand why there is no official Chabad in Cuba, which is also related to this organization, check out this article.
  • There are two synagogues in town (a Sephardic one nearby and the Orthodox in the old town), this is the main community building and the largest congregation.
  • In 1981, much of the original building was sold to the state and was then turned into the Bertolt Brecht Cultural Center, including a theatre, a music venue, a gallery, and a bar.
  • Overall, the Jewish community in Cuba has enjoyed security and anti-Semitism has been minimal. In the years leading up to his death, Fidel Castro even attended the community’s Hanukka celebration. (source)
  • Chabad Friends of Cuba’s site has useful information, click here.
  • The synagogue is located 3 miles northwest of downtown Havana.
  • Check out this article (which conveniently doesn’t mention Alan Gross) about being Jewish in Cuba today.

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