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Jewish Schools in Panama

Jewish Schools in Panama

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The main Jewish schools in Panama City, Panama are the Magen David Academy, Colegio Isaac Rabin, and the Albert Einstein Institute.

The Magen David Academy is a Jewish school located in Panama Pacifico.  Admission information can be found by following this link:

Colegio Isaac Rabin is located in the Clayton area.  For more information, follow this link:

The Albert Einstein Institute is located on Via Israel, in the San Francisco neighborhood.  Their website can be found here:

Please feel free to post any insights you would like to share for any of our clients who are Jewish and considering moving to Panama.  There may be some newer Jewish schools in Panama that we are not aware of.





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  1. Mrs. Lowe says:

    Hi Kent!

    My family of 4 are looking to relocate from the US to Panama. We are coming down next week for the second time to scout things out and consider where we should move. Our biggest concern are schools for our 3 yr old and 5 yr old. Any Advice!

    • Kent Davis says:

      Hey Mrs. Lowe, just sent you a private message to your gmail. There are lots of good school options in Panama, depending on which neighborhood you want to eventually settle. Check your inbox 🙂

  2. Panama Girl says:

    The Jewish community in Panama is primarily Sephardic. Almost all of those kids attend Magen David Academy, Academia (the Hebreo one) or Albert Einstein. A few go to Itzcak Rabin.

    We are Ashkenaz, and not very religious. I would recommend you look at Kol Shearith Israel for a temple if you are more reform or conservative. The rabbi is Argentinean and if you want your kids to have something, this would be the place.

    If you are truly orthodox and can prove that the whole family is 100% Jewish (the rabbi of Beth El and Shevet Achim will require proof), then you are better off at MDA for a Jewish school in Panama. You are only “allowed” to attend these schools if you have a letter from one of these 2 synagogues.

    Having said all of that, if you are a typical reform or conservative more secular Jew, then as for schools in Panama, being Jewish is no big deal at the International School of Panama. I would think MET school is the same.

    We have arabs, a few Jews and even some Sikh families, and never any trouble at ISP but again, if you are looking for a Jewish school in Panama you’ve got a few choices!

    • Judi says:

      I’ve been searching the web for information on the Jewish communities of Panama, as I’m contemplating a move from Oregon to Panama, hopefully this year. I visited Panama two and a half years ago and loved it. Though I’ve traveled throughout the world over the past 30 years and have found many places that I want to live, Panama seems to feel the most like home, and it’s close enough to the USA that my kids and I could visit one another without too much difficulty. That said, I’m hoping to find some part-time (or full-time) work. I know it’s not easy, but am willing to plod along looking. I have a teaching certificate (Bachelor’s Degree) and earned a TEFL certificate last year so am looking toward teaching English (while I don’t have an English degree, I am an excellent editor and have edited numerous articles and some books for others). My experience is in child welfare which has taken me to India for the past 30++ years.

      As I contemplate moving, I’m looking for a community that allows me to become immersed in the local population and provides for opportunities to volunteer, as well as offers a Jewish community close enough in proximity.

      Are there any Jewish schools that you may know of which are possibly looking for an English language teacher (for all levels)? I also used to teach Jewish history at our local synagogue. Or, perhaps you may know of organizations or corporations which may be looking for English teachers?

      I hope to be in Panama in two weeks to visit and get a feel for where I may want to live. During my last visit, I spent time in Boquete, Pedasi and Panama City, and enjoyed all three places.

      Any suggestions would be appreciated.
      Thank you very much.
      Judi in Oregon, USA

      • Kent Davis says:

        Hi Judi, there are definitely some Jewish schools in Panama all of whom would probably welcome you to come and volunteer. There are also some non-Jewish schools that are looking for teachers. Best way to really network is to come down here for a week or two and try to meet some folks. It sounds like that’s in your plans already!

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