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  • Title: An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba
  • Author: Ruth Behar
  • ISBN: 9780813541891
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Hardcover

  • An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba By Ruth Behar Yiddish speaking Jews thought Cuba was supposed to be a mere layover on the journey to the United States when they arrived in the island country in the 1920s They even called it Hotel Cuba But then the years passed, and the many Jews who came there from Turkey, Poland, and war torn Europe stayed in Cuba The beloved island ceased to be a hotel, and Cuba eventually becaYiddish speaking Jews thought Cuba was supposed to be a mere layover on the journey to the United States when they arrived in the island country in the 1920s They even called it Hotel Cuba But then the years passed, and the many Jews who came there from Turkey, Poland, and war torn Europe stayed in Cuba The beloved island ceased to be a hotel, and Cuba eventually became home But after Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, the majority of the Jews opposed his communist regime and left in a mass exodus Though they remade their lives in the United States, they mourned the loss of the Jewish community they had built on the island As a child of five, Ruth Behar was caught up in the Jewish exodus from Cuba Growing up in the United States, she wondered about the Jews who stayed behind Who were they and why had they stayed What traces were left of the Jewish presence, of the cemeteries, synagogues, and Torahs Who was taking care of this legacy What Jewish memories had managed to survive the years of revolutionary atheism An Island Called Home is the story of Behar s journey back to the island to find answers to these questions Unlike the exotic image projected by the American media, Behar uncovers a side of Cuban Jews that is poignant and personal Her moving vignettes of the individuals she meets are coupled with the sensitive photographs of Havana based photographer Humberto Mayol, who traveled with her Together, Behar s poetic and compassionate prose and Mayol s shadowy and riveting photographs create an unforgettable portrait of a community that many have seen though few have understood This book is the first to show both the vitality and the heartbreak that lie behind the project of keeping alive the flame of Jewish memory in Cuba.Reader Guide rutgerspresstgers pages
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    Commentaires:

    Julia
    This book is a combination of Ruth Behar s personal story memoir and her description of Jews in Cuba today Behar was born in Cuba, but her family moved to the United States after the Cuban Revolution She describes her desire to return to Cuba and reclaim her roots, while at the same time she expresses her concerns and fears about Fidel Castro s Cuba The first and last chapters are specifically her story, while the sections in between are about the Jews that she meets and visits with on her trips [...]

    Suzanne
    Interesting book about the Jewish community who live in Cuba The author interviews a range of different Jewish people on the island and puts it in an interesting way into the book with photographs as well.I found the book a little slow in parts but was certainly was of interest about a community of people not well known to me.

    Rona
    Open hearted interviews with members of the small Jewish communities of Cuba I like her fiction better.

    pdxmaven
    Read this book right after another book on the same topic, The Chosen People Jews in Cuba This one was much readable, for sure And the pictures were way better the author had a professional photographer with her but often very confusing what pictures were of whom As I mentioned when reviewing the other book, a lot of the same people were interviewed for both books clearly they are on the Jews who go to Cuba who want to meet other Jews should go to see these folks , and this author in fact menti [...]

    Debi
    I loved this book It showed the people as multi dimensional.

    Elsie Klumpner
    The topic is fascinating I love reading about Jewish communities outside the United States This is an account of the Jews who remained in Cuba after the Revolution It is a selection of interviews with individuals in addition to a good bit of background of the history of Jews in Cuba Each story was interesting What I didn t care for was the voice of the author who, I felt, brought herself to the foreground of the stories way too often Enough about her I wanted to know about her subjects I felt i [...]

    Terry
    must read for Jews visiting CUBSHaving just returned from Cuba I found this book to be very helpful It is a combination of a photographic essay as well as a journal or the author s travels and reminiscents if life in Cuba.

    Ariel Chesed Kestenbaum
    I liked the book for its photographs, vignettes, and stories, but didn t know quite what to make of the narrator Also wish that there had been historical context.

    Leslie kuris
    Fascinating book I highly recommend it to everyone much about one cultures changes and survival but also much information about Cuba and Cubans.

    Jane Mendelsohn
    Very interesting to read Amazing that there are still a few Jews still living in Cuba.

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