Coincidentally the Jewish High Holidays overlap with Hispanic Heritage Month, but these two communities come together in more ways than on a calendar. Before this year’s Festival of Booths, known as Sukkot, comes to an end this Sunday, we thought we’d shed some light on a lesser known aspect of Hispanic heritage: the Latino Jew.

Catholicism may be predominantly practiced in Latin America, but a large number of Latinos follow Judaism in countries like Argentina and Cuba. In the early 1960s, Castro’s revolution prompted an exodus to the north that included more than 9,000 of the 12,000 Cuban Jews that lived on the Caribbean island before the revolution. It is now estimated that some 2,500 Cuban Jews live in the Miami area alone.

In the video above, a Cuban family shows how Judaism and Hispanic heritage are united by a mutual love of food, family, and history. For the first time since 1955, the family visits a Cuba seemingly frozen in time, exploring their father’s hometown, connecting to his childhood, and even celebrating Sukkot on the island.

Happy Sukkot! Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

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  • Cuban Musician: 'Company Segundo'

    A 'Compay Segundo' (world famous Cuban musician) made with tobacco leaves by Cuban tobacco sculptor Janio Nunez, on February 27, 2012 at his workshop in Guanabo, a beach 25 km east of Havana. Initially a tobacco roller, presently Janio works only on tobacco-made sculptures, some of them live-size. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Janio Núñez Working On A Piano Sculpture

    Cuban tobacco sculptor Janio Nunez works on his piano player sculpture made out of tobacco leaves, on February 27, 2012 at his workshop in Guanabo, a beach 25 km east of Havana. Initially a tobacco roller, presently Janio works only on tobacco-made sculptures, some of them live-size. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Artist At Work

    Cuban tobacco sculptor Janio Nunez works on his piano player sculpture made out of tobacco leaves, on February 27, 2012 at his workshop in Guanabo, a beach 25 km east of Havana. Initially a tobacco roller, presently Janio works only on tobacco-made sculptures, some of them live-size. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Tobacco Sculptures

    TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY JEAN HERVE-DELLIER Cuban tobacco sculptor Janio Nunez adjusts one of his pieces made out of tobacco leaves, on February 27, 2012 at his workshop in Guanabo, a beach 25 km east of Havana. Initially a tobacco roller, presently Janio works only on tobacco-made sculptures, some of them live-size. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Núñez In His Studio

    Cuban tobacco sculptor Janio Nunez selects tobacco leaves, on February 27, 2012 at his workshop in Guanabo, a beach 25 km east of Havana. Initially a tobacco roller, presently Janio works only on tobacco-made sculptures, some of them live-size. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Mini-Tobacco Sculptures

    Cuban tobacco culptor Janio Nunez works on his piano player sculpture made out of tobacco leaves, on February 27, 2012 at his workshop in Guanabo, a beach 25 km east of Havana. Initially a tobacco roller, presently Janio works only on tobacco-made sculptures, some of them live-size. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)