Keeping the Candles Lit in Cuba

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There’s a really nice profile of the tiny Jewish community in Cuba—yes, Cuba—in the New York Times travel section. And, no, it’s not tiny because Castro stifles the religion, it’s tiny because most of the Jews left with their property at the outset of his regime.

The Times also ran a piece on the closing of the last temple in Tajikistan—and, among the many well-done TimesSelect-restricted articles on historic Jewish communities, a review of a museum exhibit of all that’s left of China’s Jewish community and a look at a Long Island community’s attempt to preserve Yiddish.

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