The first Jews to settle in Panama were Spanish and Portuguese Conversos who were forced to practice their Judaism in secret. At the end of Spanish colonial rule in 1821, Panama became attached to Colombia and at this time several Sephardic Jews from Jamaica and Ashkenazi Jews from Central Europe settled in the province. Due to the lack of a strong Jewish community, many of them intermarried and assimilated. In the middle of the nineteenth century, a number of immigrants of Sephardi origin from the Caribbean region, and a few Askenazim from the Netherlands, settled in Panama. The first Jewish congregation, Kol Shearith Israel, was founded in 1876. The congregation now identifies with the Reform movement and numbers approximately 160 families.
Through this tour you can learn how Jewish community life was born and developed in Panama. The intention of the tour is to visit (outside and inside) some institutions and places knowing about the history and the Jewish community life in Panama.
- 5 different Synagogues (Ashkenazi and Sephardic). (Clarifying that interior visits to synagogues are subject to authorization safety measures from Rabbinate)
- Synagogue Shevet Ahim
- Synagogue Ahabat Trion
- Synagogue Ateret Yoseph
- Synagogue Ashkenazi Beth-El
- Synagogue Sefaradi en Pacifica
- The Hebrew Club
- A mikve (only if it is open)
- Hebrew School (outside visit)
- Jewish neighborhoods in Paitilla and Pacifica.
- Kol Israel Shearith Synagogue in East Coast and Isaac Rabin School in City of Knowledge (both optional visits depending on the time of excursion)
MEETING POINT + TOUR DURATION
I) 4.30 Hours Tour: Visiting and Walking around the Old City.
II) Full day: Jewish tour + Old City + Museum and Panama Canal.
MEETING POINT + TOUR DURATION
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 6 hours
Tour length duration may be affected due to car traffic in certain days.
Private air conditioned transportation will be arranged for the tour according to the number of passengers.
Other: Air conditioned transportation.
Entrance fees for all sites indicated.
Bilingual Tour Guide Driver
ESTIMATED LOCAL CASH NEEDED
100 USD – For lunch and personal expenses
Lunch at the Club Hebrew (Jalav), not included.
Admission Tickets to the Panama Canal Visitor Center USD20.00 P/P
All tours can be tailor-made to meet your needs. To enter the institutions/synagogues is essential to send a copy of the passport one week before. (income is subject approval of the institution)
Admission to institutions subject to the approval of community safety staff. Failure to enter, the tour will be all from outside institutions telling about the history of the Jewish community in Panama.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Adjustable to customer needs|