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Jewish Tour in SANTOS city in Brazil

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Your cruise ship will visit the city of Santos for a Day?
Do not miss the opportunity to learn about the JEWISH COMMUNITY that lives in that Brazilian city.

Judaic Tourism has researched and created a UNIQUE & EXCLUSIVE JEWISH TOUR, to learn about this community.
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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The Jewish community of Santos began was founded after the end of World War I, after a massive Jewish immigration that arrived at the ports of Santos and São Vicente, in the early 1920s.
The incoming Jews settled in the Brickman Hotel, whose owner (Jew) housed the immigrants who arrived in the most diverse conditions, and provided them with lodging and food until they stabilized.
The Jewish community of Santos grew gradually, and by the end of the 1920s, TWO synagogues were founded in the city:
I) The Beit Jacob Synagogue, Ashkenazi, and
II) The Beit Zion Synagogue, Sephardic.
Both synagogues will not have their buildings until the 1950s, and after good times they currently have few members (about 15 each) and very scarce resources.

In addition to the synagogues, an important pillar of the community was the Brazilian Israeli Cultural Center, founded in the 1940s, closing its doors in 2017.
The Jewish community of Santos peaked from the end of the 1950s until the end of the 1970s, when it is estimated that the Santos Jewish Community had a thousand Jewish families. Then, the Jewish Community was reduced, affected by the Jewish exodus to Sao Paulo Mega City and the assimilation of local families. It´s estimated that today the Jewish Community of Santos has approximately 50 to 100 Jewish families.

Finally, much of the Jewish history of Santos has not yet been told.
A good case is the case of Polish Jewish women from Eastern Europe who came in search of work and became prostitutes. They could not be buried in the same cemetery as the other Jews, so they founded the Cuban Israelite cemetery (in 1928), and since 2010 it has become a historical heritage site in Brazil.

We offer 3 options:
I) 2 HOURS -> Only Jewish sites
II) 4 HOURS -> Jewish sites + visit to the Jewish Cemetery
III) 4 HOURS -> Jewish sites + highlight local attractions

* Beit Jacob Synagogue
* Beit Zion Synagogue
* Quisoco Mazal on the beach
* General tour of the city of Santos.
Option II - Duration 4 hours
* It includes the visit to the Israelite Cemetery of Cubatão, and historical heritage in Brazil, to learn about the history of the Jewish Polish women.

Option III - Duration 4 hours
Jewish sites + highlight local attractions (depending on the day):
* Santos Aquarium
* Fishing Museum,
* Coffee Museum,
* Pele and Bondinho Museum.
(Examples that may vary depending on the interests of the passengers)

** The tour is offered every day, but must be confirmed at least one previous week.
** The itinerary is flexible and can be adjusted to the needs and interests of the passengers.

It includes:
* Guide-host, Jewish member of the Community, expert in Jewish history.
* Languages: Portuguese, Spanish and English.
* Entrance to the mentioned sites
* Private transportation during the tour.
* Meeting and completion point: Santos cruise port.

*** Do not include meals or tzedaka (donations) in Jewish sites.

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.

** We also offer JEWISH TOUR in SAO PAULO, for passengers arriving in Santos and then staying in Sao Paulo. Interested please contact by email.

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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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.