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JEWISH HERITAGE & SYNAGOGUE VISITS IN ISTANBUL
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*** Half Day Jewish Tour in Istanbul

THE SYNAGOGUE VISIT ;

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

The times are given by the Rabbinate & Times can change According to Them.

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*** Full Day Jewish Tour in Istanbul

THE SYNAGOGUE VISIT ;

Those are the Synagogues that we will visit during this tour.
08:30 Am Pick up from the hotel or from the cruise..
09:00 Am Ashkenazi Synagogue
10:00 Am Ahrida Synagogue
11:00 Am Ortakoy Etz Ahayim Synagogue
12:00 Pm Jewish Museum ( Zulfaris Synagogue )
13:00 Pm Neve Shalom Synagogue
13:45 Pm Visit Spice Bazaar or Grand Bazaar
14:30 Pm Rustempasa Mosque or New Mosque in Eminonu ...
15:00 Pm Finish the tour..
The times are given by the Rabbinate & Times can change According to Them.

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*** Half Day Jewish&Half Day Sultanahmet Tour

THE SYNAGOGUE VISIT ;


08:30 Am Pick up from the hotel or from the cruise..
09:00 Am Ashkenazi Synagogue
10:00 Am Ahrida Synagogue ( Visiting Old Jewish Quarter )
11:00 Am Jewish Museum
12 : 00 - 12 :45 Pm Lunch ( KOSHER FOOD Optional )
13:00 Pm Neve Shalom Synagogue
14 : 00 -- 15 : 00 Pm Topkapi Palace Museum
15 : 00 -- 16 : 00 Pm Santa Sophia Museum
16: 15 --- 17 :15 Pm Blue Mosque and Hippodrome
18:00 Pm Return to the hotel or the cruise ship..

The times are given by the Rabbinate & Times can change According to Them.

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*** Half Day Jewish&Half Day Bosphorus Tour

THE SYNAGOGUE VISIT ;


08:30 Am Pick up from the hotel or from the cruise..
09:00 Am Ashkenazi Synagogue
10:00 Am Ahrida Synagogue ( Visiting Old Jewish Quarter )
11:00 Am Jewish Museum
12:00 - 12:45 Pm Lunch ( KOSHER FOOD Optional )
13:00 Pm Neve Shalom Synagogue
14:00 --15:30 Pm Bosphorus Tour
15:00 -- 16:00 Pm Spice Bazaar
16:15 --- 17:15 Pm New Mosque or Rustempasha Mosque Visit
18:00 Pm Return to the hotel or the cruise ship..

The times are given by the Rabbinate & Times can change According to Them.

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*** Art and Culture Tours in Istanbul

Our company is recommended in Lonely Planet guide book & trusted since 2000. Here you can see the list of our Cultural Tours & Art Workshops in Istanbul .... We give Turkish Marbling ( Ebru ) Lesson , Turkish Calligraphy Lesson , Miniature Lesson ,Turkish Cooking Class ,Turkish Music Lesson , Sufism Speech and more.....

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*** 4 Days 3 Nights Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul

Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer from airport to the hotel. Check in to the hotel.
After a short briefing about your tour you will have Free Time for Sightseeing.
( Optional Turkish Bath Tour ) or Turkish Cooking Class. Overnight in Istanbul.

The times are given by the Rabbinate & Times can change According to Them.

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*** 5 Days 4 Nights Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul

Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer from airport to the hotel. Check in to the hotel.
After a short briefing about your tour you will have Free Time for Sightseeing.
( Optional Turkish Bath Tour ) or Turkish Cooking Class. Overnight in Istanbul.

The times are given by the Rabbinate & Times can change According to Them.

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*** The Jews of Turkey

TIMELINE -- Articles by Louis Fisman

Early Settlement

From 4th Century BCE Archaelogical findings indicate Jewish settlement in the Aegean region of Anatolia.

From 220 BCE There are Jewish settlements in Sardes , Miletus , Prien , Bursa in the southeast and along the Aegean ,Mediterranean and Black Sea coasts. A bronze column found in Ankara confirms the rights the Emperor Augustos accorded the Jews of Asia Minor.

 

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*** Shabbat Service in Istanbul

We will pick you up from the hotel or hostel or the cruise ship. We use public transportation service go to the synagogue in Istanbul . Before we go to there that we will get the permission for you.. if you are interested please let us know by MAIL

*** The History of Turkish Jewish by Mr Naim Avigdor GÜLERYÜZ

On the midnight of August 2nd 1492, when Columbus embarked on what would become his most famous expedition to the New World, his fleet departed from the relatively unknown seaport of Palos because the shipping lanes of Cadiz and Seville were clogged with Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain by the Edict of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain.

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*** VIP Transfer and Airport Pick up Service in Istanbul

Expertise in the automotive field, the innovative concept of quality-oriented car rental and chauffeur driven hire service as soon as possible, reflecting the industry's most prestigious big organizations and companies who have accomplished has been one.

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*** Daily Ephesus Tour By Plane

A Daytrip to Ephesus

This is a daytrip to Ephesus from Istanbul by plane returning back on the same day. We organise the tours as private or in small number of groups upon the date & requests. We have flexibility in our tours. If you have any questions; please send us your suggestions by E-Mail.

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*** 2 Days Cappadocia By Plane

We will take you from your hotel for 06.30 flight to Kayseri airport and
07.40 arrival we take you to your hotel.09.00 we start for 1st day tour..

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*** Real Whirling Dervish Ceremony in the Monestry

There are 2 options in Istanbul where you can see the real whirling dervish ceremony . One is on Monday and second one is on Thursday Night...

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*** Night Show Reservation in Istanbul

Galata Tower,Kervansaray Night Show ,Orient House and more..

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*** Online JEWISH MUSIC Sales by Les Arts Turcs

We can provide you nice Jewish Music from the internet. Please send us E-mail..

*** Jewish Holidays and Festivals 2013 - 2014

Chanukah , What happened on 10 Tevet? Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.

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THE CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS // ISTANBUL MUSEUM HONOURS ARRIVAL OF JEWS FROM SPAIN

Article : Nancy Wingston ( Special to The CJN )

http://www.cjnews.com/travel/istanbul-museum-honours-arrival-jews-spain

Nancy Wigston on the Camondo Stairs in Istanbul

It’s a thrill to arrive in Istanbul these days, a city thronging with tourists from all over the world. Most visit – and patiently line up for – famous landmarks such as the Hagia Sofia (“holy wisdom”), a vast domed structure designed by Greek architect-mathematicians for the Emperor Justinian.

This architectural marvel oddly encapsulates Istanbul’s long history. First built as a Byzantine cathedral (537 CE), it became a mosque under Ottoman rule (1453-1930) and finally, a museum, in 1935, under the Turkish Republic’s modern leader, Mustafa Kamel Atatürk. Times change, but Hagia Sofia endures.

Another must-see is Topkapi Palace, a connected series of low buildings where sultans lived for hundreds of years (1465-1856), busily amassing priceless treasures such as painted miniatures, weaponry, clothing – and a staggering number of jewels. Highlights such as the fiery (86 carats) Spoonmaker’s Diamond and a famous, jewel-encrusted dagger are enough to make you forget about the queues outside. And if that dagger looks strangely familiar, you’re probably a fan of the other Topkapi, the 1964 classic film heist, with Oscar-winner Peter Ustinov.

Walkable Istanbul – there’s also an easy-to-use city tram system – attracts visitors from Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, and all parts of Europe and North America. And why not? The city on the Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara – with one side referred to as “Asian,” the other “European.”

On a delightful morning spent touring Jewish Istanbul, I learn that the city embodied the cosmopolitan ideal as far back as 1492, when Sultan Beyazid II sent navy ships to rescue Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition. The sultan valued the expelled Jewish communities, ordering that Sephardim be made welcome in his realm. More than 150,000 accepted his invitation.

“The Ottomans took all the civilized people,” said Alp (“like the mountains”), my guide to Jewish Istanbul. Fleeing Jews brought with them the new skill of printing, he said, along with advances in medicine and dentistry. As we approach the old Jewish district – this was once a colony of the Republic of Genoa (1273-1453) – Alp points out the landmark Galata Tower, used variously as a lookout, fire tower and lighthouse.

Not only is this cone-shaped building clearly visible from most points in the old city, it’s more evidence – should more be necessary – of Istanbul’s constantly evolving nature. The tower is now home to an elegant restaurant offering spectacular views – and belly-dancing shows at night.

Istanbul’s Jewish community currently numbers around 20,000, Alp told me. A great number of Turkish Jews voluntarily emigrated in 1949, after Turkey officially recognized the State of Israel. “We still have freedom of religion,” said Alp firmly. Istanbul has 22 synagogues, 120 churches, 999 mosques. On the car-free clutch of islands – the Princes’ Islands – in the Sea of Marmara, three synagogues stay open for summer services and are reachable by ferryboat.

In 2001, a new Jewish Museum of Turkey was opened – a project spearheaded by the Quincentennial Foundation, composed of both Muslims and Jews – in the 17th-century Zülfaris (“bridal lock of hair”) Synagogue. Reached by climbing a flight of steep stairs, the synagogue – which had once served the city’s Thracian community – had closed for services in 1985. The museum now honours the 500-year-history of the arrival of Jews from Spain, with exhibits, photographs and religious artifacts, collected from centuries of community life. Since its opening, the museum has evolved into a chic venue for exhibits and musical events.

“Security can be tight,” says Alp, as we near Neve Shalom Synagogue (1951), the city’s largest Sephardi temple. Indeed, guards outside are wearing bulletproof vests and are noticeable in the otherwise quiet street. Three terrorist attacks have targeted Neve Shalom – in 1986, 1992 and 2003 – at a cost of 50 lives. Bullet holes mark the temple’s exterior and some of the chairs inside. The attacks prompted an exodus of 80 to 100 Jews from the district, Alp told me. “Some just locked their doors and took the keys. Others moved to the Asian side of the river.” In the 1990s, squatters briefly occupied some empty buildings, but more recently the old streets have witnessed the birth of a burgeoning theatrical and artistic quarter.

The morning brightens when we reach the Austrian (Franz Joseph I) Synagogue, dedicated by the Ashkenazi community to the Austrian emperor’s 1900 visit to what was then Constantinople. With a friendly “Shabbat Shalom,” guards usher me toward a winding staircase leading to the white-painted wooden women’s gallery. Here all is calm, beautiful, peaceful – as if the world outside has vanished.

The temple’s blue-painted dome is dotted with gold stars, a Magen David at its centre. Old chandeliers cast a soft glow; prayers are being sung; a group of boys are preparing for their upcoming bar mitzvahs. The Ashkenazi community has shrunk – it numbers about 800 – but on this morning the synagogue seemed as alive as it was a hundred years ago.

After leaving Franz Joseph I, we approach a lovely doubled-sided, curving staircase, a gift from the Italian-Turkish Camondo family, extremely prominent late 19th-century bankers to the Ottoman court. Baroque/art nouveau in design, the stairs connect Barkalar Caddesi (Bank) Street with the fashionable neighbourhoods above it. Rumour has it that the stairs were designed as a shortcut to school for the family’s children – and it’s certainly true that they remain a popular shortcut today.

But practicality can’t explain such unusual beauty, which once caught the eye of Henri Cartier-Bresson who famously photographed the Camondo stairs, a tradition that continues with visitors today. As we’re leaving the quarter, we fall into conversation with a family from the United States, wandering these old streets searching for their father’s roots. Born in 1912 in Constantinople – the name was changed in 1930 – he left for Manhattan in 1939. How much more they would have discovered if only they’d arranged a tour in advance.

If You Go: I flew non-stop from Toronto-Istanbul on Turkish Airlines (www.thycanada.com ) 888-596-6886 a member of Star Alliance; paid upgrades to comfort class available at Pearson. Visas for Turkey are required, payable on arrival. For general information: www.istanbullife.org Hakan Hacibekiroglu at www.istanbuljewishheritagetours.com was invaluable in helping me arrange my morning tour with Alp (passport photocopies, necessary to make reservations that are approved by Istanbul’s rabbinate, are then destroyed). Daylong tours of Jewish Istanbul are also available...

 

Half Day Jewish Tour in Istanbul

Full Day Jewish Tour in Istanbul

Half Day Jewish&Half Day Sultanahmet Tour

Half Day Jewish&Half Day Bosphorus Tour

4 Days 3 Nights Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul

5 Days 4 Nights Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul

The Jews of Turkey

Shabbat Service in Istanbul

Online JEWISH MUSIC Sales by Les Arts Turcs

The History of Turkish Jewish by Mr Naim

VIP Transfer Service in Istanbul

Daily Ephesus Tour By Plane

2 Days Cappadocia By Plane

Real Whirling Dervish Ceremony in the Monestry

Art and Culture Tours in Istanbul

Night Show Reservation at the GALATA Tower

Jewish Holidays and Festivals 2012 - 2013





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