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Jewish Tour in Punta del Este

The Israeli Community of Maldonado (department to which Punta del Este belongs) was founded in 2003 by the local Jewish population, made up of about 80 families.

Our hallmark is that all our guides are ACTIVE MEMBERS of the Local Community, and that our tours are organized hand by hand with local institutions.

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By this tour, travelers can learn about Jewish life in Punta del Este.
Places to visit:
* The 3 synagogues in the city.
* The C.I.P.E.M.U. (Community Center in Punta del Este)
* The houses where the first families who arrived to Maldonado settled.

Duration: 3 hours.

** It takes, at least, 5 working days to book the service prior to the date of the tour.


It includes:
* Bilingual guide (Spanish / English) - A member of the local Jewish community.
* Access to visited sites
* Transfer by private car

Not include:
* Donation to Jewish places visited

OPTIONAL: we can include the lunch

The tour begins at a meeting point we confirm to passenger at the time of booking.

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More information about the places we visit in the tour

Achdut Israel Synagogue

Achdut Israel Synagogue

Adress: Stop 13 y 1/2 (Montevideo st and Londres) Kabalat Shabat: approximately 8.10 pm. Shacharit: 10 am, followed by Kidush with Cholent and Lechaim!

Beit Yaacov Synagogue

Beit Yaacov Synagogue

Daily Shacharit service: 8.30 am. Mincha: 8.30 pm. Kabalat Shabat: approximately 8.15 pm. Shacharit: 9.30 am.

Rafael Temple

Rafael Temple

Is the oldest Synagogue in Punta del Este. Adress: Capitan Miranda street (street 7), between street 6 and street 8 (peninsula) Daily Shacharit service: 9 am. Kabalat Shabat: approximately 8.15 pm. Shacharit: 9.30 am.

History of Jewish immigration

It has taken 1907 as the beginning of Jewish immigration to Uruguay.
This first Jewish population, just as it was coming through the years, consisted of Jews Ashkenazim, and Jews Sephardim (the first from Central and Eastern Europe, while the latter from Turkey , Syria , Greece - - Ottoman) Empire.

On 21 September 1909, the first Jewish institution was founded in Uruguay "HEZRA " aimed at mutual aid and charity.
In 1911 the " DORSHEI ZION " organization task doomed to cultural forms.
In 1916, it was founded the " JEVRA KADISHA " (Ashkenazi) and " JESED SHEL EMET " ( Sephardic ).
These two institutions were created in order to provide burial according to the Mosaic tradition.
In November 1927 it was inaugurated the Ashkenazi cemetery, and in May 1922 the Sephardic Cemetery.
In 1920 a new wave of immigration appears creating new Jewish institutions and with the same largest Jewish cultural life .

A little about the country

The Oriental Republic of Uruguay is a sovereign state organized as a presidential republic.

It is administratively divided into 19 departments, being the capital Montevideo.
It has an area of 176,215 km ² and a population estimated at June 30, 2010, of 3,356,584 inhabitants.

The August 28, 1828 Preliminary Peace Convention in which the creation of an independent state was established was signed.

The climate in Uruguay is temperate and humid (average 17 ° C), with warm summers and more or less homogeneous precipitation throughout the year.

The currency is the Uruguayan Peso (UYU)