‘Opening’ of Cuba makes a Jewish Scrabble-lover feel more at home

September 5, 2011

A former bodyguard for Fidel Castro finds that, as restrictions relax, he can publicly embrace his religion and have more access to the game he practically worships.

Scrabble in Cuba

Fidel Babani, an active member of Cuba’s tiny Jewish community and president of the Cuban Scrabble Assn., sits at a Jewish community center in Havana. The map behind him shows where Jews once lived across the island nation. (Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times / September 5, 2011)