Full-Day Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul
Galata – Karakoy – Balat – Fener – Ortakoy
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.
E ) Lunch is included ( Kosher Meal or Vegeterian or Turkish Local Meal )
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 ;
Those are the Synagogues that we will visit during this tour.
08 : 30 Am Pick up from the Hotel or from AIRBNB Aparment or from the Cruise Port ..
09 : 00 Am Ashkenazi Synagogue for Morning Service
09 : 20 Am Galata Quarter Visit and Kamondo Steps
09 : 50 Am Balat Jewish Quarter Walking Tour
10 : 00 Am Ahrida Synagogue
10 : 20 Am Tea / Coffe Break in a Local Patisserie
11 : 00 Am Ortakoy Etz Ahayim Synagogue
11 : 30 Am Ortakoy Area & Bosphorus View Walking
12 : 15 Pm Lunch in La Casa de Barinyurt or Another restaurant in Istanbul
13 : 00 Pm Beth Israel Synagogue ( If they give us permission )
13 : 40 Pm Visit Jewish Museum
14 : 30 Pm Neve Shalom Synagogue
15 : 15 Pm Local Markets or Spice Bazaar Visit
16 : 00 Pm Rustempasa Mosque Visit
16 : 15 Pm – 16 : 30 pm End of the Tour and Return Back to Hotel or from AIRBNB Aparment or from the Cruise Port ..
The times are given by 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 by 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 by Ashkenazim of Austrian origin in 1900, it is the last remaining synagogue among a total of three built by 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 by Jews of Ohri (Macedonia) more than 550 years ago and recently renovated during the Quincentennial Celebrations in 1992, the Ahrida Synagogue is known foremost by 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.
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Private Full Day Jewish Heritage ( Synagogue ) Visits in Istanbul
Starting at 08:30 Am and Ends at 16:30 Pm
2 – 3 Guest
250 Euro Per Person
4 – 6 Guest
200 Euro Per Person
7 – 10 Guest
155 Euro Per Person
11 – More Guest
115 Euro Per Person
500 Euro Per Person
- This is a Private Full-Day Tour Available All Year long
- Included Entrance Fees and Donations for all the Synagogues and Sites
- Tour Includes Transportation & Guidance.
- An early reservation is Required.
- Special Authorisation is required from the Rabbinate.
- Upon request, kosher food can be supplied.
- Prices are based on the same friends or families. In mixed groups separate tour prices are valid..
- For more info please send us an E-mail.