Inside Jewish Cuba 2017
August 31, 2017 - September 4, 2017
Applications are now open. Click here to receive an application.
Application deadline: March 31, 2017
Along with a group of your peers from across the United States, experience the changing environment that is Cuba today.
- Tour the island’s historic synagogues and Jewish institutions and learn about the renewal of Jewish life despite continuing challenges
- Understand JDC’s humanitarian assistance and welfare programs through a visit to the Tzedakak Community Pharmacy
- Participate in conversations with local young leaders about their uniquely Cuban Jewish culture and way of life and enjoy a truly memorable Cubano Shabbat experience with the local community
- Engage with local teens and young professionals for a day trip to the beach and a special Havdalah dance party
- Drink mojitos and dance to Afro-Cuban beats, visit museums and art galleries, and stroll through Havana’s historic neighborhoods
Click here to view the full sample itinerary.
Trip Dates: August 31-September 4, 2017
Participation fee: $2,800 USD
*Do not let the price of the trip stop you from applying. JDC Entwine has subsidies available. Click here to learn more.
The trip cost includes:
- Roundtrip International Airfare from New York
- Local transportation within Cuba
- Hotel Accommodations (note: the participation fee covers accommodations in double rooms; participants may elect to stay in a single room for an additional fee)
- Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
- Medical and emergency evacuation insurance
Participants will be expected to submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 upon notification of selection.
Final payments (which may vary based on individual subsidies) will be due two months before departure.
To learn more click here for a FAQ.
Flight details: The group flight will depart from a New York area airport on Thursday, August 31 and will return on Monday, September 4. All participants are expected to meet at the airport three hours prior to departure and must travel to Havana with the group. Exact flight details will be shared upon notification of acceptance.
About JDC in Cuba: Communist Cuba today is undergoing its most dramatic transformation since the early 1990s, when the suspension of Soviet subsidies unraveled the country’s economy, plunging its citizens into dire poverty. Among the societal changes of these two decades has been the rebirth of religious life—including a Jewish renaissance—encouraged by JDC’s re-entry into Cuba in 1991 to help the community rebuild itself from the ground up and offer its neediest members vital assistance. Among the societal changes of these two decades has been the rebirth of religious life—including a Jewish renaissance—encouraged by JDC’s re-entry into Cuba in 1991 to help the community rebuild itself from the ground up and offer its neediest members vital assistance. Cuba’s Jewish community is centralized in Havana, with smaller, active communities in Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Guantanamo, Sancti Spiritus, Santa Clara, and Santiago de Cuba.
Learn more about JDC's work in Cuba here.