San Miguel de Allende is a truly international community with residents hailing from over 60 countries. Among those many San Miguel residents is a small but growing Jewish population from Mexico, the United States, Canada, and many other countries. Thanks to the hard work and innovative leadership of a handful of dedicated individuals over the last few years, the Jewish community here is extremely fortunate to have a building to serve as a community center, educational space, social center, and sanctuary for religious services. There is an umbrella organization within which a variety of other organizations function as a cohesive unit.
Much like the community of San Miguel at large, the Jewish community here is quite diverse. Although many people may think of Judaism as a single religion, in reality it is both an ethnic identity to most and a series of evolving religious sub-groups sharing a common heritage but different orientations toward methods of worship and adherence to traditional practices and rituals. In larger cities the various denominations often form separate congregations. We are rather unique in San Miguel to have a single community dedicated to serving the needs and desires of the entire Jewish Community and offering spiritual opportunities that are attractive to members of each of the denominations described below.
The Jewish Cultural and Community Center of San Miguel de Allende, or JC3, has established the goal of being sensitive to and inclusive of all of the above denominations of Judaism. During the celebration of the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur this year from October 2, 2016 through October 12, 2016, Conservative and Reform religious services will be offered in an effort to address the challenge of serving all of the members of our very diverse community. Services will begin with a Reform Service on Sunday evening, October 2 at the Jewish Cultural and Community Center, Las Moras #47 at the corner of Cinco de Mayo. Further information is available at shalomsanmiguel.organd non-members are welcome to attend.