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Jewish City Tour in COSTA RICA
A UNIQUE AND EXCLUSIVE tour created by Turismo Judaico, together with the local community, to learn about Jewish life in Costa Rica.

It's important to mention that this is the unique and official Jewish Tour, approved by the local Jewish community.

Through this excursion, travelers can learn how Jewish Community life in Costa Rica was born and Jewish life today, visiting different institutions.

Our hallmark is that all our guides are ACTIVE MEMBERS of the Local Community, and that our tours are organized hand by hand with local institutions.

An unmissable Jewish heritage tour to learn about the Jewish Community and Jewish life in Costa Rica, visiting synagogues, the Jewish Museum and other Jewish places...

Sites visited:
* Jewish Museum in Costa Rica
* Israelite Zionist Center and the Synagogue Shaarei Tzion
* Synagogue Benei Israel
* The Jewish School Instituto Weiztman
* Chabad Synagogue
* Jewish Cemetery (optional extra)

Duration: 3.30/4 hours - Morning Tour (from 9amto 1pm)
** ask for different time

From Monday to Friday.
No tours on Saturdays / Shabbat
Sundays only in exceptional cases.

** It takes, at least, 5 working days to book the service prior to the date of the tour.

To know the tour price, please email: [email protected]

Included: Specialized Young Jewish guides, member of the local community, English - Spanish - speaking guides. Transportation. Entrance fees for all sites indicated.
Pick up and drop off.

Not included: Meals and Tzedakah in Jewish sites

++ To enter the institutions/synagogues is essential to send a copy of the passport one week before. (income is subject approval of the institution)

++ Clarification: due to security measures, all passengers must complete, at least one week before the reserved date, a security form with full details of travelers. Admission to institutions subject to the approval of community safety staff.

Important: The photos of the promotional flyer are for reference and the places to visit during the tour are subject to availability and personalized organization of the itinerary, according to the interests of each passenger.

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Museum of the Jewish Community of Costa Rica

Museum of the Jewish Community of Costa Rica

The Costa Rican Community opened its museum in September 2005 after 10 years of planning, organizing, collecting and classifying historical and cultural elements. The Museum of History of the Jewish Community of Costa Rica is a non-proft...

Israelite Zionist Center of Costa Rica

Israelite Zionist Center of Costa Rica

The Israelite Center is Costa Rica's main Jewish organization and, among other activities, seeks to mantain and promote religious life, mutual aid, welfare, formal and non formal Jewish education and care for the elderly. The Israelite ...

Bnei Israel Congregation Costa Rica

Bnei Israel Congregation Costa Rica

Rabbi David Laor. It is affiliated to the World Union of Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) and to the Union of Latin American and Caribbean Jewish Congregations. The Benei Israel Congregation, founded in 1989, is the reformist Jewish institu...

Chabad Costa Rica in Escazu

Chabad Costa Rica in Escazu

Directed by Rab. Hersch and Chana Spalter. Offers educational, spiritual, religious, and cultural community programs for families, children, adults, and seniors. Services: * Daily Tefilot * Prayers for Yom Tov and Holidays *Hebrew Da...

Jewish Cemetery of Costa Rica

Jewish Cemetery of Costa Rica

A few years after the establishment of the Jewish community in San Jose, the need to build a cemetery arose. That is why on 19 April 1931 the Israelite Cemetery officially opened, and to this day it continues to be active in neighboring...

Shaarei Zion Synagogue - CIS

Shaarei Zion Synagogue - CIS

Denomination: Orthodox. This Synagogue is part of the Israelit Center of Costa Rica. It is an Orthodox Jewish organization, with an Ashkenazi majority, but with some Sephardic members. The Israeli Center is responsible for managing ...

Dr. Chaim Weizman Institute - Jewish School

Dr. Chaim Weizman Institute - Jewish School

The Dr. Chaim Weizman Institute was founded in 1960, by the Centro Israelita Zionista de Costa Rica (CIS), and adopted the name of the first President of Israel. Its first students were 8 First Grade students. In 1972, the first Hebrew ...

History of Jewish immigration

The first Jews that arrived in Costa Rica were converts, who arrived in the 16th or 17th century.

In the 19th century, Sephardic traders arrived in Curazao, Jamaica, Panama and the Caribbean. They lived mostly in the central valley of Costa Rica and soon assimilated into society and left Judaism altogether.

A third group of Jewish immigrants arrived before the Second World War and especially in the 30. Most of these immigrants came from the Polish town of Żelechew.

The first synagogue in the country, Shaarei Zion, orthodox, was built in 1933 in the capital San Jose and in 1934 and the Israeli Zionist Center of Costa Rica was founded as a communal entity.

Most members of the Jewish community settled primarily in the Paseo Colón and La Sabana.

It recently started a fourth stage of Jewish immigration , mainly from American or Israeli Jews who retire and seek to do business in the country.

The Costa Rica Jewish community consists of 2,500 or 3,000 individuals, most of them lives in the capital.

A little about the country

Costa Rica is a country beside the Caribbean Sea, and the Pacific Ocean.

Its population is 4,509,290 inhabitants (June 2009).

Its capital, political and economic center is San Jose.

Costa Rica is one of the most consolidated democracies in Latinamerica.

According to the New Economics Foundation, Costa Rica ranks first in the Happy Planet Index (HPI) and is the " greenest" country in the world.

The territorial division of Costa Rica has seven provinces subdivided into 81 cantons, and these , in turn, in 463 districts.

Costa Rica is a very mountainous country and most of the territory is formed by elevations between 900 and 1800 meters above sea level.
Ecotourism is extremely popular among foreign tourists, visiting the extensive national parks and protected areas exist throughout the country.

The official language is Spanish .

The currency is the Costa Rican Colon.