JC3/CHESMA is non-denominational and encompasses spiritual, educational, social and cultural programming. It is NOT a synagogue.
The Jewish community in San Miguel de Allende is quite diverse and every effort is made to accommodate different ways of being Jewish. For example, we welcome different Friday night gatherings for those interested in a Liberal Reform English-dominant service. Anyone who wants something different, is encourage approach the Board to propose their own group at the JC3/CHESMA.
KSSMA is a Minyan Group that meets at JC3/CHESMA
Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende (KSSMA) offers a Hebrew-dominant Conservative service — with women and LGBTQ+ members having equality in ritual practice. KSSMA is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (and follows an egalitarian/traditional minhag). KSSMA
Attend our weekly Shabbat morning and Holy Day services. Our siddurim and machzorim are translated and transliterated into both English and Spanish to facilitate full participation as well as comprehension of the prayer service. Lay-led and mainly Ashkenazic, we feature elements of Sephardic and Ladino nusach. We invite everyone interested in Judaism to attend KSSMA services and events.
As members of the USCJ, KSSMA follows the guidelines of mainstream Conservative Judaism and strives to conform to the accepted spectrum of Conservative Jewish practice.
- observance of Shabbat and holidays;
- celebrations of rites of passage with the appropriate dignity and respect due life's sacred moments;
- raising of funds with appropriate dignity and respect;
- business dealings with members, staff and suppliers based upon Jewish values;
- keruv (sincere outreach), welcoming and encouraging all members of a household to join in kehilla activities, including Jews by birth or by choice, non-Jewish spouses and children of Jews, as well as those on the path to joining the Jewish People;
- endeavor to engage klei kodesh (professional leaders) from among members of the professional organizations of Conservative Judaism;
- treating each other and other kehillot with appropriate derekh eretz (mutual respect) in all dealings;
- explicit endorsement of the vision of Judaism articulated in the USCJ's Vision and Mission Statement: www.uscj.org/Aboutus/OurStructure/MissionStatement.aspx;
Rabbi Juan Pablo Mejía Restrepo of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is the Honorary Rabbi of KSSMA. He officiated as Rosh Bet Din for the formal conversion of many of our Mexican members. He also guides us in halachic matters whenever called upon. In consultation with Rabbi Mejía, Dr. Dan Lessner, our Baal Tefillah, is the de facto mara d'atra in all ritual matters concerning KSSMA.
The Kehilla SSMA is a founding member of Masortí México, a group that seeks to represent all the Conservative Jewish Communities of Mexico, under the auspices of Masortí AmLat and Masortí Olamí.