Jew in the City—in Panama City!

Panama City’s kosher restaurant scene is on fire

Truth is, the best kosher dining outside of Israel is still in New York, followed by LA, in my opinion, but Panama is experiencing a Jewish revival and for Orthodox Jewish couples and families looking for a quick and affordable get-away, Panama City is rapidly becoming a kosher destination of choice.

Jews Have a Long History in Panama

The first Jews arrived in Panama during the time of the Spanish Inquisitions, escaping persecution and death. The next wave arrived in the mid-to-late 1880s in pursuit of economic opportunities. By the time the Panama Canal was completed in 1911, the total Jewish population in Panama City was 505, barely a blip on the demographics charts. But, over time the population grew.

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