Even though Puerto Rico has one of the largest Jewish communities in the Caribbean, the Jewish community did not flourish initially because Judaism was prohibited by the Spanish inquisition. The Jewish immigration began in the 15th century with the arrival of the anusim that accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second voyage. That same year a handful of American Jews established the island's first synagogue in the former residence of a wealthy German family.
Some very famous Puerto Rican Jews of Jewish descent include David Blaine, Freddie Prince Jr, Geraldo Rivera, Aaron Cecil Snyder, and Nina Tassler.
Travelers should think about packing their own food because there are not any kosher restaurants. One of the best options is to order food through Chabad. Some of the options include grilled chicken breast, fish, sweet n'sour, and meatballs with spaghetti. The prices are not cheap though ranging from $20-$25 for an entry. Supermarkets do carry many US brands that are kosher, especially the Pueblo market in Carolina that has many Jewish tourists. Some items in Pueblo include frozen Empire chicken products, milk, juice, yogurt, cereal, and bread. There are no Cholov Yisroel or Pas Yisroel products in the supermarkets.
A really good hotel that is accommodating to Frum guests is the El San Juan Hotel. The hotel will also accommodate guests who are shomer shabath and can’t use electricity. According to one Jewish traveler, "All of the rooms use an electronic card key, but just leave it at the front desk when you leave the hotel on Shabbat and when you ask for your key they will send someone with you to open your room without you even needing to ask."
There are three synagogues catering to all sects of Judaism—Orthodox Chabad Lubavitch of Puerto Rico, Reform Temple Beth Shalom and Conservative Shaare Zedeck Synagogue.
The Shaare Zedeck Synagogue housed in a former mansion designed at the turn of the century by acclaimed architect Antonin Necodoma, a former student of Frank Lloyd Wright, is a beautiful place to pray. The building was refurbished in 1984 to accommodate the growing community, today the synagogue can fit over 600 people.
The Chabad Lubavitch, located conveniently located in Isle Verde offers services that is open to all every Saturday morning followed by kaddish. It's the perfect spot to celebrate holidays including Purim, Passover and Chanukah. Services are very user friendly so even people who have no experience can particapate.