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March 14, 1999.

FOR PASSOVER AND MORE, JEWISH FAMILIES IN CANADA HELP FAMILIES IN CUBA By Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - On March 31, when Jewish families across the world celebrate their Passover, many Jewish families in Cuba will have a chance to eat the traditional matzo bread, thanks to a major donation from the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC).

The CJC is sending the Cubans 10 tons of kosher food, prepared according to the Jewish standards of cleanliness.

At present there are about 500 families of Jewish origin in Cuba. Since about 1962, when the United States applied a commercial embargo against U.S. companies' trading with Cuban government agencies, it became virtually impossible for the Jewish families to obtain matzo break, cooking wine, tea, fish or meats prepared in the kosher tradition.

Adela Dworin, Cuban born in Byelorussia, says that currently there are about 1,500 Jews in Cuba, only a tenth of the total before Fidel Castro's revolution. Adela is vice president of the Community Congregation House, a community meeting place in the Havana community known as El Vedado.

The donation of food from the Canadian Jews will not only permit the faithful of three synagogues functioning on the island to celebrate Passover in a better fashion than for years but also will leave them some reserves for additional feasts in the future.

Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.


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