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Walking Jewish Tour in Sao Paulo. A walk through the historic Jewish quarter of Bom Retiro, to see important Jewish sites very characteristic of Jewish history and life in Sao Paulo, by the hands of a local member of the community.

During this tour, travelers will learn about the first Jewish immigrants who settled in Sao Paulo, to this day.
They visit important places related to the life of the Jewish community, how was their community growth and their influence in the city.

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.

** English speaking guide, member of the local Jewish Community.
* Also hebrew speaking guides (to check availability on dates)

Places visited:
* Walk in the neighborhood BOM RETIRE
* Holocaust Memorial
* Sinagoda da Graca
* Other old synagogues and characteristic streets.

** We ask, at least, 3 days in advance to book the day of the tour.

1 passenger: USD 100.-
2 or 3 passengers: USD 75.- each one
4 or 5 passengers: USD 70.- each one
6 passengers: USD 65.- each one
More than 7 passengers: USD 60.- 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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More information about the places we visit in the tour

Bom Retiro Jewish Neighborhood

Bom Retiro Jewish Neighborhood

Bom Retiro is a neighborhood of great cultural diversity in Sao Paulo. Bom Retiro is the old Jewish neighborhood to which the first Ashkenazi immigrants arrived in the early 20th century. Jews gradually left the area and moved to su...

Kehilat Israel Synagogue - da Gra├ža

Kehilat Israel Synagogue - da Gra├ža

The Kehilat Israel Synagogue, known as the Synagogue of Gra├ža, is the oldest of Sao Paulo, located in the historic Jewish quarter of Bom Retiro. Its first building was opened in 1912, and a few decades later, the synagogue became too sm...

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, the capital of Dutch Brazil. (It was reopened in 2001) .
During the Dutch regime, the Jews prospered economically, but between 1647 and 1773 the Inquisition, led the Brazilians massively persecuted Jews to emigrate to places like Curacao 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. Almost 50 years later, in 1822, Brazil gained independence from Almost 50 years later, in 1822 , Brazil became independent from Portugal, and a stream of Moroccan Jews began to arrive, and they established a synagogue in Belem (northern Brazil ) called Porta do Ceu (Gate of Heaven ) in 1824 and later a Sephardic in Manaus (in the Amazon ) .
At the end of 1800 new Jewish immigrants settled in Brazil, fleeing the Russian pogroms and settled in Brazil to work the land . These settlers then left the colonies and created rich cultural communities in Brazilian cities. By World War I, approximately 7,000 Jews lived in Brazil .
Nearly 30,000 Western European Jews arrived in Brazil in the 1920s and , in 1929, there were 27 Jewish schools. Despite a strict immigration policy in the 1930s , more than 17,500 Jews Entered Brazil. While Brazilian immigration enriched Jewish culture, the wide array of Jewish customs and beliefs, made ​​it nearly impossible to unify them.

Currently, there are about 96,000 Jews in Brazil playing an active role in politics, sports, academia, business and industry, and overall well integrated into all spheres of Brazilian life are. In major urban centers there are schools, jewish associations and synagogues.
Most Jews living in the Brazilian state of SŃo Paulo, but there are also important communities in Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais and Paranß.

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 Sau 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.