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Margalit Bejarano

Margalit Bejarano received her Ph.D. on the history of the Jewish Community of Cuba from the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1993). She teaches in the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Hebrew University and is the Academic Director of the Oral History Division at the university’s Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. Her academic interests include Sephardic Jews in Latin America, history of Cuba and of Cuban Jews, and oral history.

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With the exception of a few crypto-Jews, the Jewish presence in Cuba began after the Republic of Cuba was established in 1902. The community grew with the arrival of Turkish and Eastern European Jews in the early twentieth century, then shrank again after Fidel Castro’s rise to power, though a small number still remain.

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