This post first appeared on The Jew and the Carrot blog at the Forward.
For the past 13 years, Marla Whitesman and Miriam Saul have led trips for Jewish Americans to Cuba through their company Other Cuban Journeys. On the trips travelers explorere Cuban culture, learn about historical and contemporary Jewish life in Cuba, and participate in a tzedakah project supporting Cuba’s Jewish community. But for kosher participants, the trips have fallen a bit short. With no kosher restaurants or hotel dining facilities in Cuba, observant Jews’ culinary experience of the colorful country has been extremely limited.
That will change this December when Whitesman and Saul bring a group of Orthodox Jews on an inaugural Glatt kosher mission to Cuba.
“We felt so bad each time we saw our kosher guests pulling tins of tuna and other packaged foods out of their suitcases, or stuffing hardboiled eggs from breakfast in to their purses and backpacks to eat later in the day,” said Whitesman. “We simply had no kosher facilities to meet their needs.”
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