Monday, January 8, 2007 at 1 PM sharp
My family in Cuba 1928-1938: Why they went, what they did there, how I found
all this out
The organized Jewish community in Cuba lasted about 50 years and
was composed of three essentially separate groups - the North Americans, the
Sephardim and the European Ashkenazim. My grandparents were part of the
North American group. In tracing their history, I learned about the Jewish
history in Cuba and found resources for tracing it.
I had always known that my mother's Epstein family had lived in
Havana, that she had gone to an American high school, had commuted part of
the way to school by boat and that her father's company made underwear. But,
I knew little else. My mother had long since died before I began my research
In my talk I’ll tell how they got to Cuba; why they went; what they did
there and how I found out. I will also talk about the environment and a
prominent North American family - the Brandon/Maduros who played a part in
my family’s life and that of the entire community.
My grandfather Samuel’s and his brother Philip’s families moved to
Cuba in November 1928 in order to establish a family knitted-fabrics
manufacturing operation called Sedanita de Cuba. My grandparents remained in
Cuba for nearly ten years. Their families arrived in early 1929. They
originally had homes in Cojimar or Guanabacoa across the bay east of Havana.
Their factory was located in Guanabacoa. While in Cuba, my mother attended
and graduated >from the Ruston Academy.
The week of this talk, Stephen will be reunited with Philip’s
family in Miami after nearly 70 years of separation. Now formally retired,
Stephen Denker is active doing technical and business writing. He and his
wife Elayne have been collaboratively researching their family histories for
the past five years. Stephen holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical
Engineering >from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33137 Phone:
305-76-4000 Bring picture ID. Parking entrance at rear of building.
For more information please contact Barbara Musikar 305-868-9226 or <
Bette Mas, Email Coordinator-JGSGM
Our February meeting will be Sunday, February 4, 2007 at 10 AM in the
Federation Building. We will be celebrating our 18th Chai anniversary.
All are welcome to our anniversary brunch.