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Jewish Heritage and Synagogue Tour in Istanbul

240,00 

Jewish Heritage Tour reservation.
Special Permission is required to go inside the Synagogues !

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Duration: 4 hours & 7 Hours
Location: Meeting in Sultanahmet or from city center hotels / ISTANBUL
Tour Language: available in English and Turkish
Groups : Pls ask for discounted group prices ( Min. 2 ppl Required )

Synagogue Visits In Istanbul. Jewish community have lived in the geographic area of Asia Minor for more than 2,400 years. In the later Middle Ages, Ashkenazi Jews migrating to the Byzantine Empire and Ottoman Empire supplemented the original Jewish population of Asia Minor. At the end of the 15th century, a large number of Sephardic Jews fleeing persecution in Spain and Portugal settled in Asia Minor on the invitation of the Ottoman Empire. Despite emigration during the 20th century, modern day Turkey continues a Jewish population.

The present size of the Jewish Community is estimated at around 26,000 according to the Jewish Virtual Library. The vast majority live in Istanbul, with a community of about 2,500 in İzmir and other smaller groups located in the rest of Turkey. Sephardic Jews make up approximately 96% of Turkey’s Jewish population, while the rest are primarily Ashkenazic.

Turkish Jews are still legally represented the Hahambasi, the Chief Rabbi. Rav Izak Haleva, is assisted a religious Council made up of a Rosh Bet Din and three Hahamim. Thirty-five Lay Counselors look after the secular affairs of the Community and an Executive Committee of fourteen, the president of which must be elected from among the Lay Counselors, runs the daily affairs.

What you will see :

Half Day Programme ( Morning or afternoon )

* Pickup from The Hotel
* Ashkenazi Synagogue for Morning Service
* Galata Quarter Visit
* Balat jewish Quarter Walking Tour
* Ahrida Synagogue Visit
* Tea / Coffe Break in a local Patisserie
* Jewish museum
* Neve Shalom Syngogue Visit
* Local Markets or Spice Bazaar Visit
* End of the Tour and Return Back

Full Day Tour Programme

* Pickup from The Hotel
* Ashkenazi Synagogue for Morning Service
* Galata Quarter Visit
* Jewish museum
* Kamondo Steps
* Balat jewish Quarter Walking Tour
* Ahrida Synagogue Visit
* Tea / Coffe Break in a local Patisserie
* Ortakoy Etz Ahayim Synagogue Visit
* Ortakoy Area & Bosphorus View Walking
* Neve Salom Synagogue Visit
* Rustempasa Mosque Visit
* Local Markets or Spice Bazaar Visit
* End of the Tour and Return Back

Tour Starting Time :

Morning islamic tour starts at 08:30
Afternoon Islamic tour starts at 13:30

What is Included :

* Licenced English Speaking Guide.
* Pickup and drop for city center hotels.
* Permission to Enter the Synagogues.
* Transportation
* Water and complimentary Food.

Additional Information :

The times are given the rabbinate & times can change according to them.

NOTE : In Turkey because of the security reasons; we need to inform the visitors arrival to the Synagogues
and get a special permission from the rabbinate. In order to do this we need the passport copies of each guests, hotel adresses & ask our guests to fill our a special form that is given the Rabbinate. e-mail.

The Ashkenazi Synagogue
Located near the Galata Tower, it is the only active Ashkenazi Synagogue open to visits and prayers. Founded Ashkenazim of Austrian origin in 1900, it is the last remaining synagogue among a total of three built Ashkenazim. Visits con be made during weekday mornings and for Shabbat services on Saturday mornings.

The Neve Shalom Synagogue
Built and opened in 1951 and the scene of a tragic terrorist attack in 1986, it is the largest synagogue in Istanbul where most of the religious ceremonies are held. The Neve Shalom is open to the public for morning visits during the weekdays and for Shabbat prayers every Saturday morning.

The Ahrida Synagogue
Located in Balat near the Golden Horn, built Jews of Ohri (Macedonia) more than 550 years ago and recently renovated during the Quincentennial Celebrations in 1992, the Ahrida Synagogue is known foremost its boat-shaped bimah. It can only be visited during weekday mornings.

Etz Ahayim Synagogue
Located in Ortakoy, near the European leg of the Bosphorus Bridge. When the previous synagogue burned down in 1941 with only the marble Aron-ha-Kodesh remaining, the new synagogue was rebuilt on the location of the then midrash. Visits can be made with previous appointments and both weekday and Shabbat services can be attended likewise.

Other Synagogues in Istanbul

Hemdat Israel – Haydarpasa
Yenikoy Synagogue
Bet Avraam Synagogue –Sirkeci
Bakirkoy Synagogue
Bet Israel Synagogue –Sisli
Yanbol Synagogue
Kal Kados Corapci Han Synagogue
Italian Synagogue

 

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