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A 2.30 hours walk to learn and know some of the most emblematic Jewish sites, history and life in Rio de Janeiro, by the hand of a local member of the community.

In each station a time travel through, learning about the Jewish presence in the city of Rio de Janeiro during the last five centuries.
The historical time and the space of the city converge in an exact point, and it is from there that the trip intends to help discover, experience, reflect and debate contents and experiences with creative methodologies for all the ages.

During the journey, the traveler will be able to know the places, streets, buildings, landscapes, macro histories of politics, society and power, and the micro stories of people who were protagonists of the Jewish experience in Rio de Janeiro.

In this itinerary we want to recreate a story of overcoming, struggle and encounter.
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Jewish immigrants arriving mainly from Eastern Europe sought new opportunities, among other places, also in Rio de Janeiro.
In those decades, thousands of Jewish immigrants settled and built a community, in the same neighborhood where the black population practiced African cults, created the samba and also tried to insert itself in Brazilian society, but from the recent past of slavery.

Duration: 2.30 / 3 hours (depending on the time of walking of participants)
Frequency: Everyday.

This is a private walking tour, so the time can be adjusted to need of passengers.
We suggest from 9 to 12hs.

** Guide/guest, active member of the local Jewish Community.
Languages: English, Hebrew, Spanish and Portuguese.

Plaza Mauá: Immigrants and former slaves seeking to be members of the Carioca society.
* Cais do Valongo
* Pedra do Sal
* Viewpoint of the Museu de Arte do Rio. Clarice Lispector.

Av. Rio Branco
* Av. President Vargas: A praça Onze and Saara.
* Rua do Ouvidor: The king of fashion in Rio, capital of the Empire of Brazil.
* Rua 7 of Setembro: Inquisition in Rio and the tour of Antonio José da Silva.
* Central Av Building: Regine Feigl
* Cinelândia: traces of Israel in Rio.

** We ask, at least, 5 days in advance to book the day of the tour.

Starting point: Access Arte Museum of Rio - MAR
Ending place: Cinelândia

1 passenger: USD 130.-
2 passengers: USD 85.- each one
3 passengers: USD 80.- each one
4 passengers: USD 75.- each one
5 passengers: USD 70.- each one
More than 6 passengers: USD 65.- each one
Groups up to 12 participants.

** It is paid in advance.

Important: The photos of the promotional flyer are for reference and the places to visit during the tour are subject to availability and personalized organization of the itinerary, according to the interests of each passenger.

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Great Israelit Synagogue of Rio de Janeiro

Great Israelit Synagogue of Rio de Janeiro

Type: Ashkenazi. The Great Israelit Synagogue of Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful synagogues in the city. The first built specifically for that purpose, part of the history of the Yishuv. In the past, it had its apogee as a ...

History of Jewish immigration

The first Jews to arrive in Brazil were during the Inquisition.
Portuguese Jews who began to colonize the land and secretly practicing Judaism.

In 1636, the Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue was built in Recife, (capital of Dutch Brazil), reopened in 2001).

During the Dutch regime, the Jews prospered economically, but between 1647 and 1773 the Inquisition forced the Brazilians jews to emigrate to other places as Curazao and New York where they established new communities.
In 1773, a royal decree portugues finally abolished discrimination against Jews.

They slowly filtered back into Brazil and almost 50 years later, in 1822, Brazil gained independence from Portugal, and a group of Moroccan Jews began to arrive o Brazil, and established in 1824 a Synagogue in Belem (northern Brazil) called Porta do Ceu (Gate of Heaven ), and later, a Sephardic Synagogue in Manaus (in the Amazon).

At the end of 1800, new Jewish immigrants settled in Brazil, fleeing the Russian pogroms and settled there to work the land. These members then left the colonies and created rich cultural communities in Brazilian cities.

By World War I, approximately 7,000 Jews lived in Brazil.
In the 1920s, nearly 30,000 Western European Jews arrived to Brazil, and in 1929, there were 27 Jewish schools.

Despite a strict immigration policy in the 1930s, more than 17,500 Jews Entered Brazil.

Currently, there are about 96,000 Jews in Brazil playing an active role in politics, sports, academia, business and industry.

In major urban centers there are schools, Jewish associations and synagogues.
Most Jews living in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, but there are also important communities in Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais and Parana.

A little about the country

Brazil is a country in South America, comprising the eastern half of the continent and some groups of small islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

With estimated at over 8.5 million km. The Amazon rainforest covers 3.6 million km of its territory.

Its population is approximately 191.5 million people (as of 2009).
Brazil is the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas.

At the political level, is a federal republic by the union of 26 federal states and the Federal District, divided into 5,564 municipalities.

Brasilia is the capital and most populous city Sao Paulo.

For the most part, the country is between the terrestrial tropics, so the seasons do not feel in a radical way in much of the same. Thanks to Amazon and its climate, is the country with the most species of animals in the world.

The currency is the Real.