Who Runs Chabad of Cuba?



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    Who Runs Chabad of Cuba?

    On the freshly painted, salmon-colored walls of Alberto and Rebeca Meshulam’s apartment, two portraits of the Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, frame the entranceway leading to a wide, airy vestibule • Full Article

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    On the freshly painted, salmon-colored walls of Alberto and Rebeca Meshulam’s apartment, two portraits of the Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, frame the entranceway leading to a wide, airy vestibule.

    Miniatures of the same portrait sit atop a glass-covered countertop near an image of the Meshulams’ son, Moises, taken at the Chabad-Lubavitch yeshiva in Buenos Aires that he attended for a decade. Despite the iconography, and their kosher kitchen, the Meshulams are not strict adherents of the Hasidic movement.

    But in Cuba, a country without a permanent Chabad outpost, the Meshulams — he’s a retired physician, she’s a homemaker — are proud supporters. Their home in this city’s tranquil Nuevo Vedado neighborhood has become a de facto headquarters for the handful of mostly Latin American Lubavitch emissaries who visit the island on major Jewish holidays.

    The Meshulam family home is, according to Rebeca, the “beit Chabad for Cuba.”

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