Who we are

Congregation B’nei Israel is a liberal community founded in 1987 in San Jose, Costa Rica.  It is affiliated with the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) and the Union of Jewish Congregations of Latin America and the Caribbean (UJCL).   The congregation’s objectives are to promote the study and practice of Jewish culture, tradition and faith; create profound identification with the State of Israel; and sustain the continuity of the Jewish people.


The congregation is characterized by its openness and its commitment to creating a warm, harmonious and respectful environment.  B’nei Israel’s international, multi-cultural membership is a cross-section of the Jewish world. Our synagogue is simultaneously a house of prayer (Beit Tefila), a place of study (Beit Midrash) and a center for congregating (Beit Kneset).   B’nei Israel opens its doors to all Jewish families looking for a spiritual home in which tradition and modernity come together, without diminishing the depth and cultural richness of Judaism.  Our goal for the future is to continue to grow, offering a modern, vibrant, dynamic option for Jewish affiliation in Costa Rica. 


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