Panama’s Jewish Community

Panama is known for having a rich blend of people from many countries, religions and backgrounds. According to the World Jewish Congress there are now about 10,000 Jews living in Panama. The majority of Jews living in Panama are traditional in their practices therefore keep kosher and observe Shabbat. This synagogue, located in Bella Vista, is one of the larger ones in the city.

Typical Afternoon in Casco Antiguo

These are both common scenes here in Panama. People like to hang out on the streets and talk in the afternoons.  They will drag a couple of chairs outside on the sidewalk, pull up a couple of old crates, or just sit on the curb and shoot the breeze.  It’s a good way to cool off and catch up on the local gossip.  

Hotel Riu: On the Inside

Hotel Riu’s convenient location on Calle 50 makes it a prime choice for conventions and other events, such as wedding receptions.  Here you can appreciate the interior of one of the rooms used for these occasions.  Its modern decor and friendly staff create an excellent ambiance. http://www.riuplaza.com/en/hotel-riu-panama/

Clayton AKA City of Knowledge

This area was once the U.S. military base that housed the troops that protected the Canal Zone.  It was totally off limits to the Panamanian citizens.  Now, these buildings in the background house schools and organizations such as the United Nations and Unicef.  It is a beautiful area with an incredible view.  The Miraflores locks are directly in front of the main entrance.  

A Rooftop View

This is the beautiful Bella Vista area of Panama City.  I love the tile roofs of the old houses that still pepper the area.  Many have been torn down to make way for bigger, more modern buildings, but some have managed to survive.  These beautiful, old houses make this area a unique and wonderful neighborhood to live in.  This picture was taken from the rooftop of Finesterre Hotel.