George Feldenkreis was born in Cuba in 1935 to parents who were Jewish immigrants from Poland. As a teenager, he was very active in Jewish organizations and began raising funds for a summer camp for Zionist children in Havana. Mr. Feldenkreis was also active in the United Jewish Appeal, the Israel Bonds Organization and headed Betar, the youth arm of the right-wing Revisionist Zionist movement founded by Jabotinsky. In 1961, he was practising as a lawyer in Havana when he was sent to the US by his firm as a law messenger. He left for the US with full intentions of returning to Cuba, but the Bay of Pigs fiasco, less than a month later, prompted him to bring his wife and one-year old son to join him in Miami.