Welcome to the Cuban Hebrew Congregation of Miami - Temple Beth Shmuel
. Our community, also known as “El Circulo
,” was founded September 22, 1961 in Miami Beach, Florida by families who arrived in the United States from Cuba.
For many of them, this was their second exodus in their lifetimes; many had already immigrated to Cuba as Ashkenazi Jews from the United States (veterans of the Spanish-American War) and Eastern Europe (Poland, Russia, Lithuania and other neighboring countries), or as Sepharadic Jews, primarily from Turkey and Syria. Many of these individuals and their families founded religious, educational, social and philanthropic organizations in Cuba between 1900 and 1960. On this tropical island, they developed a flourishing and vibrant Jewish community of 15,000 members.
Our Congregation is located at 1700 Michigan Avenue, in the heart of Miami Beach, a block away from the world-renowned Lincoln Road in South Beach. We welcome everyone who wishes to follow or sympathizes with the Jewish faith, regardless of background. Our religious style of prayer is Conservative Traditional, and we are a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, headquartered in New York City.
We invite you to attend any of our religious, social, educational and philanthropic activities. Our religious services take place in English and Hebrew and we welcome members who speak other languages, in addition to Spanish and Yiddish, which are frequently spoken among our members and visitors.
We look forward to meeting you.
The Board of Directors