Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour, Jewish Heritage Tour (Full Day) is available everyday Except Saturday and Sunday, we organize the jewish heritage tour everyday that you can make your day programe easy for Istanbul.
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Jewish Heritage Tour Itinerary (Full Day)
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
10:20 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 Jewish Museum ( Zulfaris Synagogue )
13:00 PM Neve Shalom Synagogue
13:45 PM Local Markets or Spice Bazaar Visit
15:00 PM Rustempasa Mosque Visit
17:15 PM Return to Hotel or Cruise Port at the end oft he Jewish Heritage Tour.
Jewish Heritage Tour Description (Half Day Afternoon)
08:30 AM After meeting with your tour guide and driver at your hotel or cruise port then continue to Jewish Heritage Tour half day afternoon in Istanbul.
Jewish Heritage Tour Half day afternoon covers the 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.
17:15 PM At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel or cruise port in Istanbul then jewish heritage tour will be ended.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Hotel or Cruise Pick up and drop off.
- Transportation during the tour.
- All transportation by non-smoking and air-conditioned touristical vehicles.
- Entrance Fees and Donations for all the Synagogues and Sites
- Turkish and English Speaking Tour guide.
- Local Taxes
- Service Charge.
Jewish Heritage Tour Half day afternoon is a private half day tour available all year long
The Jewish Heri Saturday and Sunday !!!!
1 - Advance Reservation Required !!!
2 - Photocopy of your passport picture page is needed in advance for visit permits.
3 - Passports requried for security during the tour..
4 - The times are given by the Rabbinate & Times can change According to Them.
5 - Early reservation is required. Special Authorisation is required from the Rabbinate.