B’nei Israel Costa Rica is in partnership with international community organizations to support various initiatives. We are active in the Progressive community groups in the U.S. and Central/Latin America.
The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)
B’nei Israel Costa Rica is a proud member and supporter of The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ): established in London in 1926, it is the international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive, and Reconstructionist movements, serving 1,200 congregations with 1.8 million members in more than 50 countries
The Union of Jewish Congregations of Latin America and the Caribbean (UJCL)
B’nei Israel Costa Rica is part of The Union of Jewish Congregations of Latin America and the Caribbean (UJCL): The Union strives to preserve the continuity of Judaism in the region, while giving a voice to all the small Jewish communities in Latin America and the Caribbean, that would otherwise stay ignored and isolated, facing by themselves the multiple challenges to survival inherent to micro communities. The Union supports unconditionally the basic principles of Judaism and concentrates its efforts in the education of the youth so that its children receive the incredible richness of the Jewish heritage.
It is with great joy that we announce the launch of our own Tnuat Nóar (Youth Movement) called: Netzer.
Netzer (Noar Tzioni Roformi) is the name of the Zionist Youth Group of the Reform Movement in the United States and the World Union for Progressive Judaism, in its chapters outside the United States. This last group has 16,000 participants in more than 15 countries.
Netzer was created in the 70s by the communities of the Reform Movement in South Africa and Australia, and since then it is the only Zionist youth group that connects with the religious values of the Reform Movement in the World and believes in a Judaism that inspires human values, Tikkun Olam and equality between the members of the Kehilah.
By creating Netzer Costa Rica we are connecting the Kehilah B’nei Israel with our history as a People, with Medinat Israel, and opening new Community opportunities.
Sister Community: Congregation Ohabi Sholom
B’nei Israel has developed many relationships with communities around the world. However, we have a long history with Congregation Ohabi Sholom in Nashville, Tennessee. During the early years of our history, Rabbi Randal Falk, a recently retired Rabbi from Nashville came via the World Union of Progressive Judaism to help the founders of B’nei Israel establish the early direction for the Community. He was critical in many ways. He recommended the purchase of the cemetery as the first asset of the community. Even the name of our congregation came from his guidance. During the years he led life cycle events, marriages, and bar/bat mitzvahs.
As part of the Arthur Lee Goldner Healing Arts Foundation, the Nashville community donated a Torah to B’nei Israel. Another year, Torah covers for our Yamim Noraim services were donated and they also contributed as resources for our 30th anniversary celebration at an Art event we titled “Creating Memories”.
Sister Community: Congregation Rodeph Shalom
Congregation Rodeph Shalom is a Reform synagogue located at Broad and Mt. Vernon Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rodeph Shalom works to create a Jewish community of profound connections through transformative study, prayer and urban engagement.