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US DEPUTY SECRETARY of Homeland Se

Senate confirms Alejandro Mayorkas as Homeland Security secretary

Mayorkas is one of a number of Jewish Cabinet secretaries, including Antony Blinken in the State Department, Janet Yellen in Treasury and Avril Haines as director of national intelligence.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
03/02/2021
Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas, the Cuban-Jewish attorney who may head Biden's DHS

Mayorkas' ties with Israel extend beyond his family. In 2016, he spearheaded a deal to automate the sharing of cyber-data between Israel and the US.

The 30th anniversary of the outbreak of the Gulf War: A Cuban perspective

At the end of July, we were on a family vacation in Havana. We had flown from Mexico with a boisterous group of young Danish Communists on their way to cut sugar cane in the Marxist paradise.

Bird sacrifices and chants, Cuba's Santeria seek coronavirus protection

"We are calling these blessings upon her to keep her healthy," said Henry Rodriguez, 40, leader of the ceremony. "But this ceremony isn't just for us; it's also for global health."

By REUTERS
31/03/2020
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) embraces Alan Gross at Joint Base Andrews

Alan Gross says Bernie Sanders praised Cuba during a prison visit

“He said, quote: ‘I don’t know what’s so wrong with this country,'” Gross, 70, told NPR in a story posted Wednesday.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
05/03/2020

The challenge of finding kosher food in Cuba

“It’s very difficult in Cuba to be shomer Shabbat, or to keep kosher.”

By STEPHEN SILVER/JTA
14/02/2020
Miami

Synagogue built by Jews who fled Cuba is struggling in Miami

Cuban Jews founded this congregation in 1961 as immigration from the island nation surged following Fidel Castro’s rise to power in 1959.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
05/02/2020

Cuban child banned from wearing kippah following violent school bullying

After complying, the prosecutor informed the family that continued action could result in the loss of their right to guardianship over their children.

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