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When the Cuban government eased restrictions on religious practice in 1991, the reforms couldn’t come soon enough for 8-year-old Monica del Pino. From the time she eagerly enrolled in its first Sunday school program until today, she and other lay leaders have been working with Federation partner JDC to rebuild Jewish life in Cuba one experience at a time.
Angelina lost both her parents and her older brother by age 8, forcing her to move in with her disabled grandmother in her tiny apartment. With help from Federation partner JDC, Angelina now receives grief counseling, and her grandmother can afford to pay for heat in the winter. These may seem small gestures, but they’ve helped Angelina to shine and smile again.
Shai Pinhasi, 23, grew up in a tough neighborhood in south Tel Aviv, but went on to excel in the Army and is now pursuing a Master’s degree at Bar Ilan University. With help from Federation partner The Jewish Agency for Israel, he’s developing a mentorship program for youths from his old neighborhood to help them, too, think far and achieve their dreams.