Kesher is a group from the Cuban Jewish Community,
supervised by its leaders and supported by the Joint Distribution
Committee; it functions within the framework of the Macabi youth
Organization. Its objective is to help the eldest who can´t
have a full community life for different reasons. The volunteers
visit the aged, and they also make activities for these people,
who need the hope for the Jewish Community life.
There have been many projects for social work, in
the Community and the synagogue as well; they have had achievement
and drawbacks. The Youth Organization felt the urge of creating
a system to help people in need of spiritual and material support
leaning on the youth impetus and the support of the synagogues and
its leaders; they want to develop a project which can be maintained
to reach for the objectives
- Our main goal is to help the Jewish eldest who
are not economically or physically fit to have an active life within
and outside the Jewish environment.
- Establish the links of the young people and the old people, in
the social and affective domain.
- Help pregnant women during the pregnancy and for a few months
after the delivery to support both the mother and the child. Trying
to solve the problems young couples have when deciding to have children.
- Visit the sick people or the invalid in their homes.
- Delivering medications according to the doctors prescriptions
(to those benefited by the project) both in short-term sicknesses
and chronic illnesses.
- Foster interest and commitment in the young people by giving them
room for their communitarian task and a chance for the development
of leadership and problem solving.
José Miller Fredman: President of the Cuban Jewish Community
Adela Dworin: Visepresident
Wilbert Wilson Rivero, General Coordinator of the Kesher Project
Tamara Roussó: Vice-president
Listado de jóvenes voluntarios que participan:
Volunteers who participate
Maria Luisa Zayon
Wilbert Wilson Rivero
Joan Lamelas Fundora
Yenisei Ricardo Leblanch
Houwer Friman Ramírez
The Kesher Group with the support of the Cuban Jewish
Community, its leaders and the young volunteers fulfill an important
mitzvah helping the eldest in our community
The group is led by young people who are responsible
to carry out the tasks
For the first time, the Macabi Youth Organization has a social action
group which has been maintained since its creation.
A link between The Jewish Community and the beneficiaries
has been re-established, giving hope to those who only had comfort
The volunteers have expressed their solidarity and
have given love to the eldest in need of our Community the help
has been spiritual, through visits, and activities those who can
not usually attend the events in the synagogue are attended in a
way in which they can feel that the Cuban Jewish Community has not
forgotten them and cares about them.
We met Máximo and we were impressed to see
how a man in his condition could have such a high spirit for life.
He has been in a wheelchair since he was young and he hadn´t
been to a synagogue for 45 years. This was what comes out as he
saw us: “Since I have been in this wheelchair, I haven´t
been farther than the corner in which you´ve found me and
I haven´t visited a synagogue” One Saturday, we decided
to take him to one synagogue, there, he had his aliyah Toráh
a very touching moment for him and for the group