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A Look at Vallarta's Jewish Community
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April 12, 2012
Timothy Real Estate Group is one of the largest independent real estate brokerage firms in the Bay of Banderas, specializing in some of the finest properties available in Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - When thinking about relocating or retiring to another country, finding a place of worship that accommodates your faith just might top your list of "must-have" amenities. Home to a wide range of churches and temples catering to most every faith and religion, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico fills the bill.

In addition to an abundance of Catholic churches, there are also weekly English-speaking services for non-denominational Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Baptists, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints and the Baha'i Faith, to name a few.

The city also has a strong Jewish community, and Stella Leavitt and Dana Scapa, known as 'The Dream Team' at Timothy Real Estate Group, are active members of this strong, and growing, community.

A crowd of around 80 sang hymns and prayed at the Oneg Shabbot services in Puerto Vallarta. During peak months expect twice as many worshipers.

"One of my trepidations about moving down to Puerto Vallarta was not having that community anymore," says Rhonda Manthei, who recently moved to the area. "But I'm pleasantly surprised at the turn out at the Shabbot service and I'm actually feeling very excited about it."

"This get together and the service was really fun and I think it's really important," says Jeanie Benaroys, who lives in Nuevo Vallarta part-time. "In fact, I told my children that i was going to Friday night services and they went, you are, so I think it's great."

"I think it's really nice to know that there is a Jewish community," says Dana Scapa, Luxury Property and Condominium Specialist at Timothy Real Estate Group. "A lot of people look for that when they are thinking about relocating."

And if you're looking to purchase real estate, just knowing that there is an active Jewish community could persuade you to selecting Puerto Vallarta as a perfect destination.

"Some people don't actually don't come right out and ask but I can tell they look at me and think, could she be Jewish," laughs Dana and she goes on to say, "Then I might say that we are having an Oneg Shabbot and suggest coming to the service and meet other Jewish people and I also tell them we have holidays, there are restaurants that do Hanukkah and Passover."

"I believe that for some people it's very important because they need to connect with other people that are like them," says Stella Leavitt, Luxury Property and Condominium Specialist at Timothy Real Estate Group, "It's a comfort zone for many."

"I think it's really important, especially for the holidays and it's important to meet people from different places because invariably you will find a link, if you are Jewish, you will find a link to somebody," says Jeanie.

And your link is the mother and daughter team of Stella and Dana. They can assist you with your real estate dreams - and your new lifestyle.

"My boss said, 'Stella, somebody wants to do a wedding here and they're Jewish,'" laughs Stella. "So I got in touch with the people, helped them put it all together and became very, very good friends with them."

Representing key luxury condominium developments in Puerto Vallarta and around Banderas Bay, The Dream Team is part of Timothy Real Estate Group, a team unequaled in its professionalism and experience with foreign investors. "Pleasant" and "meeting expectations" are comments you'll hear from clients about their real estate transactions.

Professionalism, knowledge, along with enthusiasm create a positive investment experience. Timothy Real Estate Group, Inspired Living.

Timothy Real Estate Group is a full-service real estate sales, rentals and development agency representing some of the most distinguished properties and developments across Puerto Vallarta, Bahía de Banderas and the Riviera Nayarit. For more information, visit

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