Each Thursday in August, join us to virtually visit four magnificent Synagogues Around the World with professional tour guides in each of these cities.
The cost for all four tours, $36.00 per household.
If you are unable to attend a session, the link will be sent to you the following day.
Thursday, August 5, 2021 – Noon EST
Tour guide Mois Gabay who was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He’s an active professional tour guide and one of the board members of the The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews. The first Jewish Museum was founded in 1992, in order to commemorate the 500 years of existence of the Sephardim Jews from the Ottoman Period till the Modern Republic of Turkey. The Jewish Community in Turkey has a long and rich history that stretches back some 2000 years to Roman times when Jews left Jerusalem and dispersed throughout the world. One of the most unique things that you will learn about is the history of the Camondo Family, who were called the “Rothschilds of The East” and their journey from Istanbul to Paris.
ST. PETERSBURG: Grant Choral Synagogue
Thursday, August 12th – Noon EST
Tour guide Evgenia Kempinski is a Russian Jew born and raised in St. Petersburg by the family whose ancestors originated from the Pale of Settlement – Poland, Belorussia and Ukraine. She is a professional tour guide and the founder/owner of St. Petersburg Jewish Tours. As a young girl, she went to the first private Jewish school in USSR located in the Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg – the second largest in Europe, whose construction dates back to 1893. The St. Petersburg Jewish Community is rather young as it was first established in the early 19th century.
BERLIN: Fraenkelufer Synagogue
Thursday, August 19, 2021 Noon EST
Dekel Peretz was born in Tel-Aviv, grew up in Queens and has been living in Berlin for the past 18 years. Dekel holds a PhD in German-Jewish history and has been a top guide in Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden and the ShUM cities, the cradle of Ashkenazi tradition, for over a decade. He currently spearheads efforts to rebuild the main sanctuary of the Fraenkelufer Synagogue, destroyed by the Nazis, as a community and cultural center.
MEXICO CITY: Historic Synagogue
Thursday, August 26, 2021 Noon EST
Tour guide Mónica Unikel-Fasja, who found her passion in the streets of Historic Mexico City, where Jewish immigrants arrived and lived around a century ago. Monica has dedicated nearly half of her life to walk around those streets, narrating the testimonies and the stories of Jewish immigrants in the form of guided tours. She has participated in the revitalization of an abandoned synagogue which today is run as a cultural center, named Nidje Israel, and now known as the Historic Synagogue which opened in 2010, serveing as an open space for all sorts of Jewish cultural activities and all kinds of people.