Half Day Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul on 05 SEP 2016

Half Day Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul on 05 SEP 2016

Half Day Jewish Morning Tour in Istanbul

Except Saturday and Sunday !!!!

A ) Advance Reservation Required !!!
B ) Photocopy of your passport picture page is needed in advance for visit permits.
C ) Passports requried for security during the tour..
D ) The times are given by the Rabbinate & Times can change According to Them.

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 inIstanbul, 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 by the Hahambasi, the Chief Rabbi. Rav Izak Haleva, is assisted by 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.

THE SYNAGOGUE VISIT ;
Half Day Morning Synagogue Visits in Istanbul
Starting at 08:30 Am Ends 12:45 Pm

08 : 30 Am Pick up from the hotel or from the cruise..
09 : 00 Am Ashkenazi Synagogue
09 : 20 Am Galata Quarter Visit
09 : 50 Am Balat jewish Quarter Walking Tour
10 : 10 Am Ahrida Synagogue
10 : 30 Am Tea / Coffe Break in a local Patisserie
11 : 00 Am Jewish museum- Zulfaris Synagogue
12 : 05 Pm Local Markets or Spice Bazaar Visit
12 : 45 Pm End of the Tour and Return Back to the hotel or cruise ship

Half Day Morning Synagogue Visits in Istanbul
Starting at 08:30 Am Ends 12:45 Pm
2 – 3  Guest
140 Euro Per Person

4 – 6 Guest

100 Euro Per Person
7 – 10 Guest
90 Euro Per Person
11 – More Guest
70 Euro Per Person

1 Guest

260 Euro Per Person
  • This is a private half day tour available all year long
  • Included Entrance Fees and Donations for all the Synagogues and Sites
  • Tour includes transportation & guidance.
  • Early reservation is required.
  • Special Authorisation is required from the Rabbinate.
  • Upon request kosher food can be supplied.
  • Prices are based on same friends or families. In mix groups seperate tour price are valid..
  • For more info please send us an E-mail.

Jewish Heritage Tours in Istanbul

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For Visitors ;
Security in the Jewish community is very tight. An essential prelude to any visit to any synagogue in Turkey is contact with the Jewish Heritage tour company in Istanbul . They will ask you to complete a form giving details of a reference your adress in Turkey and the dates and times you wish to visit particular synagogues…

ISTANBUL
After the Turkish conquest of Constantinople in1453 , Sultan Mehmet II ( the Conqueor 1451-1481 ) encouraged immigration to repopulate the city. Jewish communities were invited to take up residence at Hasköy on the eastern bank of the Golden Horn. Under Sultan Beyazit II ( 1481-1512 ) Jews persecuted in Spain and Portugal were encouraged to establish themselves in the Ottoman Empire. In Istanbul the new immigrants settled mostly near the Balat quarter on the western bank of the Golden Horn where a Jewish community had existed since Byzantine times. Jews also settled in villages along the western shore of the Bosphorus….

GALATA
The area around the Galata Tower in Beyoglu is of prime interest to visitors touring the Jewish interest sites. The neighborhood has bustling street life the synagogues have great historical and artictic value,and all sites are within easy walking distance of one another.

BALAT
This is another of the quarters in which Jews were settled after their expulsion from Spain enlarging a community which had lived here since Byzantine times. Today Balat is a working-class district on the shores of the Golden Horn.

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