A trip to Havana


Submitted by Jeremy Moskowitz

I just returned from a trip to Havana Cuba (legally!) run by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). We visited the local Cuban Jewish community, known as Jewbans, whose approximate size is 1,500 people. This trip was unique in that it was composed of 25 American Jewish young professionals and we focused on interacting with our counterparts in Cuba. Visiting the synagogues, learning about what it means to be Jewish in a socialist country, and getting a feel for how a young Jews in Cuba connect to the larger community were a few of the highlights (not to mention the mojitos and Cuban cigars...). Another highlight was running into Liza Brown-Pinksy, T'13, who was in Havana with the Jewish Federation of Orlando. While we were taking a picture on the street, we noticed a Cuban, wearing this faded Duke Jersey--Go Paulus!

First photo: Our whole gang together with our Jewban friends.

Second photo: Liza Brown-Pinsky, T'13, Cuban man wearing a Duke jersey, Jeremy Moskowitz, T'12 meet on the street in Cuba while visiting the Cuban Jewishcommunity.