Shmuel Szteinhendler

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Shmuel Szteinhendler, a rabbi in Santiago, Chile, is considered the current Chief Rabbi of Cuba as well as the regional director for Masorti Olami in Latin America.[1][2][3]

Szteinhendler was born in Argentina and trained as a Conservative rabbi in Buenos Aires.[4] He started visiting Cuba regularly since 1992, operating from his base in Guadalajara, Mexico, and oversaw a revival of the Jewish culture there, serving as an informal spiritual head of the Jewish community in Cuba.[5][6][7] Szteinhendler's visits to Cuba were sponsored by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.[7][8]


  1. ^ Rabbis of Chilean Masorti Forum meet with Mr. Zeev Bielsky Masorti World Archived August 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ The Virtual Jewish History Tour Cuba Jewish Virtual Library
  3. ^ The Jewish Traveler: Havana Hadassah Magazine[dead link]
  4. ^ Ozzie Nogg, A Visit to Jewish Cuba: It’s Impossible to Come Back Unchanged Archived 2011-10-02 at the Wayback Machine., Jewish Press, The Jewish Federation of Omaha. Accessed August 15, 2011
  5. ^ Jerry Berke, Havana Synagogue Dark for Decades is Once Again Aglow in the Light of Shabbat Candles Archived 2011-08-12 at the Wayback Machine., The Jewish Federations of North America. Accessed August 15, 2011
  6. ^ Dana Evan Kaplan, A Jewish Renaissance in Castro's Cuba, Judaism, Spring 2000. Accessed August 15, 2011
  7. ^ a b Kenneth Bandler, Argentine rabbi ignites fervor in dormant Cuban communities, The Jews of Cuba, 1996. Accessed August 15, 2011
  8. ^ Ruth Behar, An island called home: returning to Jewish Cuba, New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-8135-4189-1; p. 179