Book Review and more of Cuba

Book Review and more of Cuba

First of all I have to brag.  Received a review of my book from Midwest Book Review.  “As we crash through life, we change lives as we change our own.  “Honk If You Married Sonja: The Travels and Essays of Sonja Klein” is a memoir from author Sonja Klein who shares her life’s journey through Texas and everywhere else, finding her own adventure and experiencing what life has to offer, sharing what she’s learned and what she’s failed to learn.  “Honk If You Married Sonja” is a strong pick for general memoir collections, highly recommended.”  The book is available from the website http://www.honkifyoumarriedsonja.com/ or from the major bookstores.

Back to Cuba. While in Havana we visited the Patranato Synagogue and Jewish Pharmacy.  We met with the members of the organization and learned about the work they do.  They dispense supplies and medicines to the Cuban community.  I had purchased aspirin, cold medicine, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and soap for their pharmacy.   There are only about 1500 Jews left in Cuba.  Most of them fled at the time of the revolution.   The remaining Jews have no rabbi and cannot celebrate most Jewish ceremonies.  There is also no kosher food available in the country and reportedly only one kosher butcher.  A rabbi from Chile visits periodically.

An afternoon was spent exploring the four plazas in Old Havana as well as the Cathedral de la Havana, built in Spanish baroque style.  Some of the plazas have been restored and were quite stunning in detail and beauty.  The mild evening was spent dining outdoors.  The black beans and rice were tasty.