Several years ago, Sabrina Merage traveled to Cuba with JDC Entwine, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC) young adult engagement platform. The trip had a profound impact on her, and expanded her knowledge of Jewish children who live in Cuba. Now, many years later, she is joining forces with fellow Inside Jewish Cuba alumni, Jay Chernikoff and Jason to help support a Jewish future in Cuba.
The cost to send one Jewish student to Sunday School for the year is only $190, and with the additional matching grant payadvance of $5,000 from the Sabrina Merage Foundation, the JDC now has the chance to raise a total of $15,000 for the Cuban Jewish community.
Cuba’s Sunday School programs are vital to the strength and continuity of the Cuban Jewish community and key to developing Jewish leaders. Every Sunday morning there are religious school classes for more than 180 students in Cuba. Sunday school is one of the few places Cuban Jews can go learn more about their Jewish roots, develop their Jewish identity, and spend time with Jewish peers. At loan from centrelink school, students come together to studying topics ranging from Jewish studies, religious festivals, and learning Hebrew to studies on Israel, biblical studies, and computer skills. Each student is also provided milk and lunch which is crucial and offer much-needed nutritional support.
We invite you to get involved and join the campaign. Make a donation by March 31, and all campaign contributions up to $5,000 will be matched by the Sabrina Merage Foundation