Archive for Category: "Travel"

Friendship Closes Distance between San Francisco and Guantanamo

Friendship Closes Distance between San Francisco and Guantanamo

The Jewish Community of Guantanamo was founded in 1929. One of its founding members, William Zukerman, is buried there. But what were Jews doing in eastern Cuba in the early 20th Century in the first place?

Señor Zukerman and the Mystery of the Disappearing Tomb

Señor Zukerman and the Mystery of the Disappearing Tomb

In October, 2012 I received a call from a woman in New York who not only expressed interest in coming with me on a humanitarian mission to Cuba, but who informed me that she was born in Guantanamo and that her father is buried there.

In Guantanamo’s Jewish Community: Mission Accomplished

In Guantanamo’s Jewish Community: Mission Accomplished

From February 28 to March 8, 2013, the JCCSF sent a group of 16 people to Cuba. It was at least the 12th mission to the island nation and on every trip the JCCSF groups have made contact with the Cuban Jewish communities. This time their visit included the capital city of Havana, but also the southernmost […]

JCCSF Staff Share Songs, Excitement on Eve of Departure to Israel

JCCSF Staff Share Songs, Excitement on Eve of Departure to Israel

“I’m excited.” “I’m nervous.” “I’m ready to go!” These were the three most common sentiments expressed by the group of JCCSF staff taking part in a final Shabbat gathering Friday before their departure to Israel on January 13. About a hundred staff and community members, including kids in the JCCSF’s various children’s programs, joined in song […]