“As a foreigner it is poignant to see how loyal and connected the members of that same community feel towards each other. The will to help, and protect each other is very apparent, as it is traceable through a common history born out of pain and incessant struggles,” Alpeyrie said via e-mail.
According to Alpeyrie, Jews in Havana have avoided persecution, even under a Castro regime that insisted on atheism. As a result, they have integrated easily into Cuban society, even while maintaining a close connection to their religious identity.
“Though it is true that they are Jews, the members of that community feel above all Cuban,” Alpeyrie said.
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