Cuban Hebrew Congregation

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Cuban Hebrew Congregation
AffiliationConservative Judaism
RiteNusach Ashkenaz
Location1700 N Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Cuban Hebrew Congregation is located in Central Miami
Cuban Hebrew Congregation
Location within Miami Beach
Cuban Hebrew Congregation is located in Florida
Cuban Hebrew Congregation
Cuban Hebrew Congregation (Florida)
Geographic coordinates25°47′32.3″N 80°8′22.3″W / 25.792306°N 80.139528°W / 25.792306; -80.139528Coordinates: 25°47′32.3″N 80°8′22.3″W / 25.792306°N 80.139528°W / 25.792306; -80.139528

Temple Beth Shmuel or Cuban Hebrew Congregation of Miami is a synagogue used by Ashkenazi Jewish Cuban expatriates in Miami Beach, Florida. "Approximately 94 percent of Cuba’s Jewish population fled after the [1959] Revolution."[1] The synagogue was founded in 1961 by Felix Reyler, Oscar White, and Bernardo Benes. Its current location at 1700 North Michigan Avenue opened in 1975, with an expansion in 1982.[2] The congregation is led by Rabbi Stephen Texon and Baal Koreh Jacques Malka. It currently hosts 170 member households and has a Montessori School.

The temple was designed by Oscar Sklar. It includes stained glass windows of the Twelve Tribes of Israel designed by Inge Pape Trampler. Mexican artist Naomi Siegman designed the candelabras beside the bimah. The synagogue is named for Shmuel Schacter, father of Jack Chester.


  1. ^ Weiner, Rebecca. "Cuba Virtual Jewish History Tour". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Cuban Hebrew Congregation Timeline". Temple Beth Shumel website. Retrieved August 29, 2011.

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