Congregação Israelita Paulista

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Congregação Israelita Paulista
Basic information
Location Brazil São Paulo, Brazil
Affiliation Reform Judaism
Status Active

The Congregação Israelita Paulista (English: São Paulo Israelite Congregation) in São Paulo, is the largest synagogue in Latin America, serving more than 1500 people[citation needed]. Established in 1936 by a group of refugees from Nazi Germany, it is a Reform synagogue, but also has ties with the Conservative movement.

The rabbinate of the congregation that follows the liberal movements of Judaism (although not only affiliated to the Reform Movement, but also affiliated to the Conservative Movement), - is currently composed by rabbis Michel Schlesinger and Ruben Sternschein. There are also the chazanim (cantors) Avi Bursztein and Alexandre Edelstein.

Because CIP is known for being the largest Jewish congregation in Latin America, in membership, they promote a diverse number of activities: religious services, Jewish study groups, informal Jewish school, choir, activities for senior citizens, fields of study, Zionist youth groups (Chazit Hanoar), Boy Scouts and Girl Guides (in Avanhandava), distinguishing itself positively in São Paulo's Jewish community which is estimated at sixty thousand Jews.


  • Rabbi Michel Schlesinger
  • Rabbi Ruben Sternschein

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