Despite the small and somewhat impoverished status of the Jewish community in Cuba, Jewish life is still well maintained. The Patronato de la Casa de la Comunidad Hebrea de Cuba affiliated itself with the Conservative Movement, and since then, all communities except the Orthodox Congregation Adath Israel, have also affiliated with the Conservative Movement. Moreover, religious services are held on Friday evening and Saturday mornings and all High Holy Days and festivals are celebrated.
The Patronato de la Casa de la Comunidad Hebrea de Cuba, where the Ashkenazi synagogue Beth Shalom sits, has been renovated, with the help of the Joint Distribution Committee. Adath Israel is the only Orthodox synagogue remaining in Cuba. None of the synagogues in the country has a Rabbi or a Chazan. All services are conducted by the congregants themselves. Though Cuba does not have an official rabbi, Rabbi Shmuel Szteinhendler (based in Chile) is considered the country’s de facto Chief Rabbi. Rabbi Szteinhendler travels to Cuba several times a year to perform various Jewish religious and milestone services.
In terms of religious identity, the size of Cuban Jewry has seen a high rate of intermarriages. Such couples are openly welcomed by Beth Shalom, and there is a focus on instilling a sense of Jewish identity in all members of the community, regardless of their ancestry. More significantly, there has been an increase in Jewish weddings, circumcisions and Bar / Bat Mitzvahs.
Some problems arise in accessing kosher food. There is only one kosher butcher shop in all of Cuba, located in Old Havana.