Latin America and The Caribbean

Latin America

Progressive Judaism has grown significantly in Latin America over the past several decades boasting many synagogues, schools and community services. These congregations constitute a large family – large and small, urban and rural – who share the common link of Progressive Judaism.

Jewish migration to the region began in the late 15th century and Jewish communities sprang up throughout the region over the centuries. In 1997 the Fundación Judaica was created to help Jewish institutions in need. In 2002 WUPJ’s Yad b’Yad Task Force was founded to help affected areas in Argentina, and in 2003 the AIP (Asociación Israelita de los Pampas) began its activities, ensuring support for the religious, educational, cultural and social needs of communities in peripheral areas. While there are many challenges in the region, we note the emergence of new congregations, such as Ruaj Ami in Chile, and an increase in the number of members of CIP-SP, Brazil; ARI, Rio de Janeiro; SIBRA, Porto Alegre; CIM, Belo Horizonte; and Kol Shearith Israel, Panama.

Latin americaThe WUPJ Latin American regional council has been active since 2004, officially established as the WUPJ-LA region in 2010. Relying almost entirely on volunteers, the WUPJ-LA contributed to the recovery and continuity of Judaism in the region. When economic conditions in Argentina improved, the Yad b’Yad Task Force focus was redirected to other areas such as youth activities, local leadership, and outreach. Since 2004 four regional conferences were held and a local Board of Directors was formed at the end of 2009.

The Union Judía de Caribe y Latinoamerica / Union of Jewish Congregations of Latin America and the Caribbean (UJCL) was established in 1998 in Costa Rica, to promote communication and contact among the many, small liberal communities in the region. Today, WUPJ-LA works in cooperation with the UJCL to help connect strong and vibrant communities such as in Mexico and Panama and smaller communities including Aruba, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

With many changes over the past three and a half centuries, our communities remain active and vibrant. The number of members is on the rise, and new congregations are being established. More and more communities are reaching out to the WUPJ, and the diversity of this big family helps maintain and strengthen the Jewish flame that unites us all.

Find congregations in Argentina , Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, St. Thomas, Suriname.
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Regional Offices

WUPJ-LA Regional Office

AddressRua Botucatu No. 572
Edificio Paulista Liberal Center, 6 andar cj 61 S. Paulo 04023-061
Brazil
 Postal Address 
Phone5511 3865 9492 Fax5511 3865 9492
e-mailcontato@wupj-latinamerica.org
web sitehttp://wupj-latinamerica.org

Union of Jewish Congregations of Latin America and the Caribbean – UJCL

AddressCongregation B'nei Israel
San Jose
Costa Rica
 Postal Address 
Phone506-2231-5243 Fax
e-mailcongbnei@racsa.co.cr
web sitehttp://www.ujcl.org/

Congregations in Argentina

Buenos Aires

Congregation NCI-Emanu-El

AddressArcos 2319
Buenos Aires 1428
Argentina
 Postal Address 
Phone54 11 4781 0281 Fax
e-mailcomunidad@nciemanuel.org.ar
web sitehttp://www.judaica.org.ar

Fundacion Centro de Espiritualidad Judia Mishkan

AddressMariscal Antonio J Sucre, 1420
Buenos Aires 1428
Argentina
 Postal Address 
Phone54 11 4781 4070 Fax
e-mailmishkan@ciudad.com.ar
web sitehttp://www.mishkan.org.ar

Fundacion Judaica

AddressLibertad 769 (1012)
Buenos Aires
Argentina
 Postal Address 
Phone54 11 4123 0833 Fax
e-mailinfo@judaica.org.ar
web sitehttp://www.judaica.org.ar

Lehavat Jaim

AddressArenales 132, Avellaneda
Buenos Aires 1870
Argentina
 Postal Address 
Phone Fax
e-mailsecretaria@lehavatjaim.org.ar
web site

Parana (Entre Rios)

Asociacion Israelita de Parana - Entre Rios

AddressE. Carbo 149
Parana (Entre Rios) Entre Rios 3100
Argentina
 Postal Address 
Phone Fax
e-mailaiparana@yahoo.com.ar
web sitehttp://www.aip.org.ar

Posadas-Misiones

Comunidad Israelita de Misiones

AddressSan Martin 479
Posadas-Misiones
Argentina
 Postal Address 
Phone Fax
e-mail
web sitehttp://www.facebook.com/comunidadisraelita.misiones

Congregations in Aruba

Oranjestad

Beth Israel Aruba

AddressBoulevard Adriaan Lacle 2
Oranjestad
Aruba
 Postal Address 
Phone297 5823272 Fax
e-mailinfo@bethisraelaruba.com
web sitehttp://www.bethisraelaruba.com

Congregations in Brazil

Belo Horizonte, MG

CIM - Congregacao Israelita Mineira

AddressRua Rio Grande Do Norte, 477
Belo Horizonte, MG 30130-130 
Brazil
 Postal Address 
Phone55 31 3224 2129 Fax
e-mailcim@pib.com.br
web site

Fortaleza, CE

Sociedade Israelita do Ceara - SIC

AddressRua. Pereira Valente, 1656
Fortaleza, CE 60160-250
Brazil
 Postal Address 
Phone Fax
e-mailsociedadeisraelitadoceara@gmail.com
web site

Porto Alegre

SIBRA - Sociedade Israelita Brasileira - Rio Grande do Sul

AddressRua Mariante 772
Porto Alegre 90430-180
Brazil
 Postal Address 
Phone55 51 3331 8133 Fax55 51 3330 4305
e-mailsibrars@terra.com.br
web sitehttp://www.sibra.org.br

Porto Alegre, RS

Centro Israelita Porto Alegrense

AddressRua Henrique Dias, 73
Porto Alegre, RS 90035.100
Brazil
 Postal Address 
Phone55 51 3311 1935 Fax55 51 3311 9418
e-mailsecretaria@centroisraelita.org.br
web sitehttp://www.centroisraelita.com.br

Recife, PE

Centro Israelita de Pernambuco

AddressRua Pio IX, 792 – Torre
Recife, PE 50710-260
Brazil
 Postal Address 
Phone+55 81 3227 0418 Fax
e-mailzeev@katz.com.br
web site

Rio de Janeiro

ARI - Associascao Religiosa Israelita - Rio de Janeiro

AddressRua General Severiano, 170
Rio de Janeiro 22290-040
Brazil
 Postal Address 
Phone55 21 2156 0444 Fax55 21 2156 0436
e-mailari.adm@arirj.com.br
web sitehttp://www.arirj.com.br

Sao Paulo, SP

Congregacao Israelita Paulista (CIP)

AddressRua Antonio Carlos 653
Sao Paulo, SP 01309-011
Brazil
 Postal Address 
Phone55 11 6808 6299 Fax55 11 3257 1446
e-mailcip@cip.org.br
web sitehttp://www.cip.org.br

Congregations in Chile

Concepcion

Comunidad Israelita de Concepcion

AddressRengo 111
Concepcion
Chile
 Postal Address 
Phone56-041-2178288 Fax
e-mailcomunidadisraelitadeconcepcion@gmail.com
web sitehttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Comunidad-Israelita-de-Concepci?n

Las Condes, Santiago

Comunidad Cultural y Religiosa Ruaj Ami

AddressCamino El Observatorio 1872
Las Condes, Santiago
Chile
 Postal Address 
Phone+56 -9-9827-7417 Fax
e-mailcontacto@ruajami.cl
web sitehttp://www.ruajami.cl

Valparaiso

Sociedad Israelita de Instruccion y Benifiencia Max Nordau de Valparaiso

AddressGeneral Cruz 650
Valparaiso
Chile
 Postal Address 
Phone56-9-82151127 Fax
e-mailpresidencia.maxnordau@gmail.com
web sitehttp://maxnordauvalparaiso.bligoo.com/

Congregations in Costa Rica

San Jose

B'nai Israel (member of UJCL)

AddressOld Road Escazu
San Jose
Costa Rica
 Postal Address 
Phone506 231-5243 Fax506 231-5787
e-mailcongbnei@racsa.co.cr
web sitehttp://www.bnei-israel.org

Congregations in Cuba

Havana

Cuban Jewish Community - Beth Shalom Temple (member of UJCL)

AddressCalle i Esq. 13, Vedado
Havana CP 10400
Cuba
 Postal Address 
Phone(53 7) 832 8953 Fax(53 7) 833 3778
e-mailpatronato_ort@enet.cu
web sitehttp://ujcl.org/Ujcl/?page_id=73&lang=en

Congregations in Curacao

Netherlands Antilles

Mikve Israel-Emanuel (member of UJCL)

AddressP.O.Box 322
Netherlands Antilles
Curacao
 Postal Address 
Phone599-9-4611067 Fax599-9-4654141
e-mailinformation@snoa.com
web sitehttp://www.snoa.com/

Congregations in Ecuador

Guayaquil

Congregacion Judia Bet Jadash

AddressCalla Boyaca 1417
Guayaquil
Ecuador
 Postal Address(Administration):1417 Boyaca Street
Guayaquil
Ecuador
Phone593-4-251-8467 Fax
e-mailbetjadash@aol.com
web sitehttp://betchadash.webs.com/

Congregations in El Salvador

San Salvador

Comunidad Israelita de El Salvador

AddressBoulevard Del Hipodromo 626
San Salvador
El Salvador
 Postal Address 
Phone503 2263 8074 Fax503 2263 8074
e-mailcisraelita@integra.com.sv
web sitehttp://www.comunidadisraelitadeelsalvador.org

Congregations in Guatemala

Guatemala City

Adat Israel - Asociacion Judia Reformista de Guatemala

Address13 Avenida 18-70, zona 11
Guatemala City 01011
Guatemala
 Postal Address 
Phone502-30700448 Fax
e-mailcontacto@adat-israel.com
web sitehttp://www.adat-israel.com

Congregations in Jamaica

Kingston

Shaare Shalom, The United Congregation of Israelites (member of UJCL)

Address92 Duke Street
Kingston
Jamaica
 Postal Address 
Phone(876) 922 - 5931 Fax(876) 922 - 5931
e-mailshaareshalom@cwjamaica.com
web sitehttp://www.ucija.org/

Congregations in Panama

Panama

Congregacion Kol Shearith Israel (member of UJCL)

AddressCosta del Este, Avenida de la Rotondo 18
Panama
Panama
 Postal Address 
Phone507 300 2080 Fax507 300 2083
e-mailinfo@congksi.org
web sitehttp://www.congksi.blogspot.co.il/

Congregations in Peru

Huanuco

Comunidad Judia De Huanuco "Beith Etz Chaim"

AddressJr Mayro 399 Llicua Baja-Amarilis-Huanuco
Huanuco
Peru
 Postal Address 
Phone Fax
e-mailjudiosdeperu@hotmail.com
web sitehttp://www.judaismo-reformista.es.tl

Congregations in St. Thomas

St. Thomas

Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas

AddressPOB 266, Charlotte
St. Thomas 00804-0266
St. Thomas
 Postal Address 
Phone340-774-4312 Fax
e-mailinfo@synagogue.vi
web sitehttp://www.synagogue.vi

Congregations in Suriname

Paramaribo

Israelitische Gemeente Suriname – Neve Shalom

AddressKeizerstraat 82-84
Paramaribo
Suriname
 Postal Address 
Phone+597-472817 Fax
e-mailisrgem@cq-link.sr
web site