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Bringing the Torah and Jewish Outreach to Gitmo Military Base

October 24, 2007
Col. Jacob Goldstein, an Army chaplain and reportedly the only member of the U.S. armed services sporting a full-length beard, recently returned from a month serving Jewish soldiers stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi, Goldstein, 60, took a Torah with him from New York; he led High Holiday services at the military installation and erected two sukkahs, in addition to catering to the spiritual needs of the military’s personnel.
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Known by the military as Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, sits on a stunning part of the island and looks out into the Caribbean Sea. With the arrival of Col. Rabbi Jacob Goldstein last month, it became a hub for Jewish activities during the High Holidays, Sukkot and Simchat Torah.
Known by the military as Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, sits on a stunning part of the island and looks out into the Caribbean Sea. With the arrival of Col. Rabbi Jacob Goldstein last month, it became a hub for Jewish activities during the High Holidays, Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

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