Jewish history in Puerto Rico can be traced back to the 15th century and the Second Voyage of Christopher Columbus. Though it would take hundreds of years for a Jewish community to be established in Puerto Rico, many Jews settled on the island hoping to flee from the scrutiny of the Spanish Inquisition.
Today, Puerto Rico is home to the largest and wealthiest Jewish Community in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico is the only Caribbean island in which the Orthodox, Masorti (Conservative), and Reform movements are represented. On October 31, 2005 the Puerto Rican Senate approved SR 1480, recognizing the contributions which the Jewish community has made to the Puerto Rican way of life, and the friendship which exists between the People of Puerto Rico and the State of Israel.