history of Santa Clara | Brief
history of Caibarien |
Jewish Community of Santa Clara.
Address :Edif 5 Apto 8.Reparto Cardoso
Hebrew Community of Caibarien.
Address:Calle 16 #1719
Vice president:Julio Rodriguez Eli
History of Santa Clara
If you still remember your first love, you will
understand, the feelings we have been living since we began with
the community work, creating a Jewish Community with genuine principles
and values requires a lot of effort and above all the strong will
to carry out this project. It is necessary for every community member
to realize how important he or she is within the community and how
important it is to feel spiritual fulfilment in every move he or
The Or- Jadash Community of Santa Clara emerges in 5756 during Rosh
Hashaná, with a mission: to revive Judaism in our city. We
are the followers of The Ancient Community that existed in our city.
We are closed to celebrating our seventh year. These years have
been full of relevant moments for our souls. And these moments had
an impact. We have given and taken and this has allowed us to grow
as human beings.
In the religious field new services have been incorporated
Kabalat Shabat, Rosh Hashaná (with Shojar), Hanuka, Purim,
Pesaj and the remembrance of the Shoá, Shavuot.
During many years we have been engaged in the reconstruction of
the Jewish Cementery, which is in time, the burial center of the
Communities of the Central part of the country. And which was in
a stay of decay. Today we are proud of what it is.
Socially, we have established relations with different institutions
both, religious and cultural to spread the values and realities
of the Jewish life, many times unknown and sometimes distorted.
In this regard, we have made:
- An exhibition of the Jewish Symbols with a workshop in The City
- An ecumenical meeting with The Diocese of Santa Clara where the
main topic was the Shoá and mutual sharing within the necessary
respect. We had the precence of the Bishop, Dr José Miller
and officials from the Joint Distribution Committee, JDC, as well
as members of the Christian and Jewish Communities.
- A lecture at the José Martí National Library as
part of the program to celebrate the Dutch exhibition about Ana
- Tzedaká works both from the Community and its members.
All these activities have made us gain recognition
in our social environment and live a life full of sense and commitment.
Through all these years, we have interchanged with other communities
in the country. We have strong links with them and we have also
had contacts with groups from the USA with which we have lived important
moments. Different topics have been discussed as well as the urgent
need of integration of all the Yehudim.
No matter how few we are, we have given humanity
our ideas as a wonderful heritage.
history of Caibarién
Some time ago, watching all family photographs,
my cousin Esther found one from the 1930´s in which these
was a Jewish Community made of immigrants who settled in Remedios
and Caibarién, towns from the former province of Las Villas,
and grouping the territories of Villa Clara, Cienfuegos and Santi
Spiritus. There was an important number of Jews, the majority of
them Sefaradim, who devoted themselves to commerce. This former
province had a synagogue in its capital city, Santa Clara, two cemeteries,
one in the capital city and the other in the town of Camajuaní.
Unfortunately, there are not survivors from this
historical photograph, but as it was Bikur Jolim, which means “
Help for the Sick”, we are sure they made a wide and beautiful
communitarian work, based on unity and solidarity among all the
Jews, the established and the ones arriving at the country.
While I was watching the photograph, I remembered
my childhood and I saw the little metal boxes in the Jewish houses
with their inscriptions and a map of our Holy Land. These boxes
were for the needy, and as my grandfather told me, they were part
of the aid sent to our brothers in Palestine, before and after the
foundation of our Israel. These boxes were delivered in the synagogues
and all the Jewish families contributed with something. I also remembered
everybody knew and helped each other in difficult times
During The Rosh Hashaná days. The “Or El” Community
of Caibarién reaches 7 years of age. Here we are the descendants
of the group of Jewish who arrive in Cuba with their hearts full
of love and hope. They sacrificed themselves to educate and made
us proud of our origins and traditions. And though we are not many
in our synagogue, we have in the central region four Jewish communities
which have enliven Judaism and have worked for its continuity by
giving their children their feeling of solidarity, love and respect.
We have the aid of all the Cuban Jewish Community and our brothers
in other countries. We also have the support of the JDC ( Joint
Distribution Committee ) which has made possible with both, the
material and spiritual efforts to make a great big family
We wish well to all our brothers. May all their wishes come true.