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For most people, summer vacation is a chance to organize trips, family outings, and visits to parks and cultural attractions — in short, some much-needed rest.
But for the Jews of Cuba, financial challenges prevent many from taking full advantage of the time off.
Enter JDC, which recently organized a beach day outing for the Cuban Jewish community in conjunction with the Patronato, Havana's largest synagogue.
"We always have a good time at the beach because we're spending time with friends," one 19-year-old community member said. "Thanks to Patronato and JDC for the opportunity!"
Another young community member, 15, said the trip was especially important, because there aren't many outlets for relaxation and leisure in her country.
"I love the beach because in Cuba we don't have many places where we can have fun. The beach is the best place to share a moment with family and friends," she said. "I spent a magnificent time there, thanks to JDC."