Chabad of Puerto Rico on Tuesday laid the cornerstone for its new Jewish Center in the San Juan metropolitan area’s Isla Verde tourism zone.
Construction of the first Chabad synagogue in Puerto Rico is expected to pump $5.5 million into the island economy and create 50 direct and indirect jobs.
Gov. Alejandro García Padilla and Puerto Rico Tourism Co. Executive Director Ingrid Rivera Rocafort were among the island government officials who took part in the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday.
The synagogue will serve members of Puerto Rico’s established and important Jewish community as well as thousands of Jewish tourists and other travelers who visit the island. It is expected to be the first Orthodox synagogue on the island.
Chabad-Lubavitch — a branch of Hasidism — is a philosophy, a movement and an organization that is among the most dynamic forces in Jewish life today.
Lubavitch appropriately means the “city of brotherly love. The word Chabad is a Hebrew acronym for the three intellectual faculties of chochmah (wisdom), binah (comprehension) and da’at (knowledge).
As previously reported by CARIBBEAN BUSINESS online, Chabad of Puerto Rico has been broadening its services in Puerto Rico.
It opened a Jewish Welcome Center in Old San Juan in 2012 and added a the island’s only sitdown kosher restaurant earlier this year. It also operates a Hebrew school.