Program Details

La Communidad: The Jewish Community from Cuba to Miami

Sylvia Gurinsky
Jewish Culture & History / History
Video Catch-up

Course Description

For hundreds of years, while Cuba was a Spanish territory, its Jewish people could not practice their religion. That changed after the Spanish-American War. For almost 60 years, changing patterns of Jewish migration resulted in a community rich in spiritual and cultural traditions. The coming of Fidel Castro to power in 1959 caused yet another migration, in large part, to South Florida. Those who stayed behind maintained the community differently. This program will look at the history of the Jewish community of Cuba, the move to the Sunshine State, and how even time and political changes could not break established bonds.

About the Instructor

  • A native South Floridian, Sylvia Gurinsky is a local history educator and guide for Context Travel, Flamingo Gardens, the Miami-Dade County Women's Park, and various local universities. She co-hosts the television series "Roadside Florida," produced by the Lynn & Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives. A graduate of Florida International University, she worked for WPLG-Channel 10, "the Jewish Journal," and History Miami Museum. Her honors have included two Florida Associated Press Awards for Editorial Writing and a Peter Jennings Project Fellowship for Journalists and the Constitution at the National Constitution Center.

Upcoming programs presented by Sylvia Gurinsky.

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