JC3/CHESMA strives to create a sense of one community where everyone is welcome.
We are a 100% volunteer led organization, and as such, we urge you to take part:
- Join or teach a class or workshop;
- Work on a Tzedakah/charity project;
- Become part of our Bikkur Cholim committee to visit the sick;
- Learn Hebrew and/or Spanish at one of our weekly classes;
- Attend our Kabbalat Shabbat dinners, holiday parties and social events;
- Worship at KSSMA's* egalitarian/traditional minyan group, which meets every Shabbat and holiday mornings (9am–12noon), and via Zoom on Mondays and Thursdays (8am–9:15am).
- Inspiring Musical Welcoming Shabbat — liberal service on the first Friday evening of every month.
- Other Friday evenings are open for you to develop a Jewish service of your choice.
In short, get involved and help create the Jewish community you want.
* KSSMA, Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende is a Conservative/Masorti minyan group that meets at the JC3/CHESMA. It is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and is a separate, unincorporated religious entity which meets the legal definition of a tax-exempt "synagogue" under the 501(c)(3) provisions of the IRS. KSSMA is not a part of JC3/CHESMA, which was, is, and will always remain non-denominational.
What is the difference between JC3/CHESMA and KSSMA?
JC3/CHESMA, our umbrella organization, is non-denominational, and encompasses educational, social, spiritual, and cultural programming; it is NOT a synagogue.
The Jews in San Miguel de Allende are quite diverse and we make every effort to accommodate different ways of being Jewish here in the Bajío.
KSSMA is only one minyan group that meets at JC3/CHESMA. Anyone who is uncomfortable with its Hebrew-dominant/Conservative service, with women and LGBTQ members having complete equality in KSSMA's ritual practice, is welcome to form their own minyan group under the JC3/CHESMA umbrella.
We foster different Friday night gatherings for those more interested in a musical Reform/English-dominant service.
JC3/CHESMA, certainly welcomes diversity of expression, but it is up to you, the members, to lead and promulgate the type of services wanted!