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Heritage Jewish Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Discovering, experiencing, reflection and debate, through the path of a circuit Jewish city tour of Rio de Janeiro on various aspects related to Jewish history and culture of the city, its community and its leading personalities and interaction between this diasporic community, Brazil and the State of Israel and Zionism.

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.

What are we going to visit on this Jewish City Tour?
During the tour, travelers will visit places, streets, buildings, landscapes, learn about the great history of politics, power and society, hear stories of people who were and are protagonists of the Jewish experience in Rio de Janeiro.
The itinerary it's a mix itinerary with an historical perspective on Jewish immigration to Brazil, and also to learn about the current Jewish life in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Some places visited during the tour: (depending on the date and traffic)
* Praça Mauá: always cosmopolitan! The Mauá Square, heart of the port of Rio, brings together through the ages, the ships that mark the history of Jewish and non-Jewish immigration, the progress of a Marvelous City and also the largest slave trade in the history of the humanity.
* The Great Israelite Temple of Rio de Janeiro, a monumental Synagogue from 1932, in the old neighborhood where the mythical Praça Onze, cradle of Samba, and "Idische Avenida" was located.
* Mirante do Pasmado and
Itzhak Rabin Park , inaugurated by Lea, his wife, with views of the beautiful beach of Botafogo and Pão de Açúcar (momentarily SUSPENDED for renovations due to the construction of the "Holocaust Memorial")
* The ARI Synagogue , in Botafogo, of a reformist movement.
* The statue of Clarice Lispector, one of the greatest Latin American writers of the 20th century, on the beautiful Leme beach in Copacabana.
* The Kehilat Yaakov Synagogue, of the Ashkenazi Orthodox movement, and, the Brazilian Israelite Club , founded, together with the Beth-El Synagogue by Sephardic Jews, in Copacabana.
* The cafe at the Hebrew School Talmud Torah Herzlia Bar Ilan.

Other optional places to include in the visit (with extra time):
* The Liessin Scholem Aleichem School.
* The Shel Guemilut Hassadim Synagogue (of the Sephardic Judeo-Spanish movement), which was visited by Emperor Dom Pedro II, located in Botafogo.
* The Safra Synagogue in Ipanema
* Other Jewish schools

Note: Synagogues and sites visited can change according to customer request and / or availability of institutions. The entrance to institutions is subject to availability and institutional confirmation.

Frequency: Every day except Saturday.
** Sundays with exception, knowing that several institutions are closed for inside visits.
Duration: 4 hours. In the morning or afternoon.

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

To know the tour price, please email: [email protected]

SPECIAL PROMO: 5% off from the total, when booking Jewish tours in more than one city.

Includes: Bilingual guide and transportation.
Pick up and drop off from passengers hotels or cruise port.

Not included: Food and Tzedakah in Jewish sites.

Optional: Lunch Kosher available upon request.
Optional (long tour - 7 hours):
** Please ask for Full Day prices by email: [email protected]

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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 Jewish life in Rio**
The Jewish presence in Rio de Janeiro:
The second largest Jewish community in Brazil began to form in the mid-nineteenth century. With the proclamation of independence in 1822 and the relative religious freedom established by the Constitution of 1824, he took home the arrival of Jews to the then capital of the country.
Before that period, between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, there was a significant presence of New Christians in Rio de Janeiro, as well as persecution by the Inquisition.

In the early twentieth century, a period of intense institutional and community development all starts, leaving an indelible mark on the city center and in the memory of the thousands of Jews who lived in the vicinity of the Praca Onze, which in addition to hosting immigrants of Jewish origin, it is considered the birthplace of samba and is one of the inescapable references of the "Little Africa."

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More information about the places we visit in the tour

Yitzhak Rabin Park and Monument

Yitzhak Rabin Park and Monument

Itzhak Rabin Park is named by the ex president of Israel after its attack and was inaugurated by Leah, his wife. The park is located on top of Morro de Pasmado, very accessible viewpoint from where travelers can see the bay of Botafogo a...

Religious Israeli Association of Rio de Janeiro (ARI )

Religious Israeli Association of Rio de Janeiro (ARI )

Founded in 1942, the ARI - Israel's Religious Association of Progressive Judaism's in Rio de Janeiro, is affiliated to the World Union for Progressive Judaism - WUPJ In 1936 a small group of young people decided to hold a ceremony on the...

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 ...

Copacabana Synagogue Kehilat Yaacov

Copacabana Synagogue Kehilat Yaacov

Orthodox Synagogue Rabbi Eliezer Stauber The Kehilat Yaacov Synagogue in Copacabana was inaugurated on September 2, 1956, by Belgian Jews, being the oldest orthodox synagogue in the southern zone of Rio de Janeiro. History: One could...

Club Israelita Brasilerio

Club Israelita Brasilerio

Inside de Club there is a orthodox Synagogue, Sehardi called Beth El, and also Kosher Restaurants. 1. Local kosher groceries KOSHER PLACE Tel: (21) 99352-8304 2. SHELANU BISTO: Meat restaurant ** Located on the 2nd floor Tel: (21)...

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.