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World Jewish Travel Official September 14, 2023

Unveiling Jewish Budapest: The Heartbeat of Hungary

Introduction to Jewish Budapest [caption id="attachment_52145" align="alignnone" width="914"] City of Budapest- Photo by Jorge Franganillo from Barcelona, Spain, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, is home to a range of fascinating cultural heritage sites associated with its important Jewish history. As one of Europe’s greatest cities, Jewish Budapest preserves a remarkable record of Jewish life over several centuries: from the prosperous medieval communities that lived here during the Middle Ages to their modern-day counterparts. The Hungarian Jewish community was one of the largest in Europe prior to World War II; however, unfortunate events during the Holocaust decimated its numbers and drastically changed the shape of Jewish life in Budapest. Despite this, Hungary remains an important center for Jewish culture, and visitors can find plenty of sites related to its past and present significance. From ancient synagogues and cemeteries to modern memorials, Hungary’s Jewish history is always present in Budapest. Jewish Culture and History in Budapest Early Jewish Life in Budapest Jewish presence in Budapest dates back to the Roman times, but the Jewish community as we know it today began to form during the Middle Ages. The Jews settled in Buda and Pest, which eventually merged to become Budapest in the 19th century. Life for early Jews in Budapest was marked by a blend of rich cultural traditions and occasional challenges. They established synagogues, schools, and vibrant neighborhoods, contributing significantly to the city's diverse cultural fabric. However, discrimination and periodic persecution were not uncommon, especially during times of political upheaval. Despite these difficulties, the Jewish Budapest community persisted and thrived over the centuries, producing notable scholars, artists, and entrepreneurs. The 19th and early 20th centuries saw a period of increased integration and prominence for Budapest's Jewish population, until the dark days of World War II, when the Holocaust tragically decimated their numbers. Nevertheless, the resilient Jewish community continues to play a vital role in the cultural and social life of Budapest to this day. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Jews in Budapest had a wide range of occupations, from craftsmen and merchants to scholars and scientists. They were an integral part of the city’s social fabric and made significant contributions to its political, economic, and cultural life. Jews played important roles in business as well as medicine, education, literature, music, and the arts. As entrepreneurs, scholars, and professionals they were highly respected in society and made a lasting impact on Budapest’s development. Recent and Contemporary Jewish Life in Budapest Before World War II, Budapest was home to around 200,000 Jews and served as the hub of Hungarian Jewish culture. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, it became a refuge for Jewish refugees, including those from Germany, Austria, and Slovakia. Despite Hungary's alliance with Nazi Germany, the Jewish community in Budapest felt relatively secure until the German occupation in March 1944. The occupation led to severe restrictions on Jewish life, confiscation of Jewish homes, and internment in transit camps. Between April and July 1944, Jews from Hungarian provinces were deported, leaving Budapest as the last major Jewish population in Hungary. In June 1944, Hungarian authorities ordered Jews into marked buildings throughout the city, sparing them temporarily from deportation. Raoul Wallenberg and other diplomats aided Jews with false papers and safe houses. In October 1944, the Arrow Cross party's coup put Budapest's Jews in peril again, resulting in a reign of terror, forced labor, and a devastating death march. The Arrow Cross then confined the remaining Jews in Budapest to a closed ghetto, where thousands were executed along the Danube. Soviet forces liberated Budapest in February 1945, with over 100,000 Jews still in the city at that time. The life of Jews living in Budapest, Hungary today is characterized by a diverse range of experiences. Budapest has a small but vibrant Jewish community that actively participates in cultural, religious, and social activities. While anti-Semitism has not been eradicated entirely, Hungary has made efforts to combat it, and Jews in Budapest continue to enjoy the freedom to practice their faith and celebrate their cultural heritage. The city is home to several synagogues, including the magnificent Dohany Street Synagogue, which is one of the largest in Europe. Additionally, Budapest hosts Jewish cultural festivals, events, and museums that showcase the rich history and contributions of the Jewish community. Like other urban centers, the daily life of Jews in Budapest is shaped by the broader societal context, but they contribute to the city's cultural mosaic and maintain a resilient and vibrant presence in the Hungarian capital. Iconic Attractions and Events in Budapest The Jewish Quarter in Budapest The Jewish Quarter in Budapest, often referred to as the "Jewish Quarter District" or "Erzsébetváros," is a historically significant and culturally rich neighborhood located in the heart of the city. This district bears witness to Hungary's Jewish heritage and is home to a thriving Jewish community. One of its most iconic landmarks is the Dohany Street Synagogue, a magnificent and historically significant place of worship. The Jewish Quarter is renowned for its bustling atmosphere, with lively streets, eclectic cafes, and vibrant street art that gives it a unique character. Visitors and residents alike can explore Jewish heritage sites, including museums and memorials, that tell the story of Jewish Budapest's history and its resilience in the face of adversity, particularly during World War II. Today, the Jewish Quarter continues to be a hub of cultural and religious activities, as well as a center for celebrating Jewish traditions, making it a significant and dynamic part of Budapest's identity. The Dohany Street Synagogue [caption id="attachment_52146" align="alignnone" width="915"] Dohany Steet Synagogue- Photo by Alexey Elfimov, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] The Dohany Street Synagogue, located in Budapest's Jewish Quarter, is a magnificent and historically significant landmark often referred to as the "Great Synagogue" or "Tabakgasse Synagogue." Built in the mid-19th century, it is one of the largest synagogues in Europe and a prominent symbol of Hungary's Jewish heritage. This architectural masterpiece combines various styles, including Moorish and Byzantine elements, creating a stunning and unique design. The synagogue also houses the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, which provides valuable insights into the history and culture of Hungarian Jewry. Tragically, during World War II, the synagogue served as a temporary shelter for Jewish families targeted by the Holocaust. Today, the Dohany Street Synagogue stands as a symbol of resilience and a place of worship, cultural events, and remembrance, attracting visitors from around the world who come to appreciate its grandeur and pay tribute to Hungary's Jewish community. Shoes on the Danube Bank [caption id="attachment_52147" align="alignnone" width="913"] Shoes on the Danube Bank- Photo by kallerna, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial to the victims of fascism in Budapest. Located along the banks of the Danube, it is composed of 60 pairs of iron shoes that represent individuals who were ordered to remove their shoes before they were shot by Arrow Cross militiamen during World War II. This poignant and powerful memorial serves as a reminder of Hungary's dark history and honors the victims of fascism whose lives were taken in Budapest. It is a somber yet beautiful tribute to those who suffered, and has become an iconic landmark in Budapest. The memorial also serves as a reminder that such incomprehensible acts of violence must never be repeated. To this day, Shoes on the Danube Bank continues to be a place of reflection, mourning and remembrance for all those who perished in Budapest during the Holocaust.  Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives [caption id="attachment_52148" align="alignleft" width="2048"] Hungarian Jewish Museum permanent exhibition- Photo by Doron Photography, Komáromi Annamari assistant[/caption] The Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, nestled in the heart of Budapest's Historical Jewish Quarter and housed within the Dohany Street Synagogue complex, is a vital institution that holds a rich tapestry of Hungarian Jewish heritage. Established with the goal of celebrating the historic significance of the Jewish faith in Hungary, the museum has undergone transformations over the years. Today, it stands as a testament to resilience and cultural preservation. This museum showcases a diverse collection of Judaica, artifacts, and archives, notably housing one of Europe's most extensive Jewish community archives. Among its treasures are an exquisite 1602 copper Rimonim, showcasing Ottoman-Turkish craftsmanship, and a centuries-old gravestone from the Roman Empire era, serving as a poignant reminder of Hungary's enduring Jewish legacy. Beyond preserving history, the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives actively engages visitors and researchers, offering a window into the rich and vibrant tapestry of Hungarian Jewish culture and history. Popular Budapest Jewish Cultural Festival The Jewish Cultural Festival is centered around the largest synagogue in Europe, situated in a city with a profound European Jewish heritage. Throughout the entire week, attendees have the opportunity to savor a variety of Jewish music performances, encompassing klezmer, string quartets, fusion jazz, cabaret, and pipe organ music. These musical events take place at the Great Synagogue on Dohány Street, the second-largest synagogue globally, as well as at the Rumbach Street Synagogue. Alternatively, one can occupy the seats once frequented by their ancestors at the historic Goldmark Hall, which served as the epicenter of Jewish cultural life both before and after World War II. Remarkably, during the war itself, the hall was consistently filled every night, as it remained the sole venue where Jews were allowed to enjoy opera and theater performances. Iconic Personalities of Budapest Theodor Herzl [caption id="attachment_52149" align="alignnone" width="512"] Theodor Herzi- Photo by  unknown derivative work: Alberto Fernandez Fernandez, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Theodor Herzl was born in Jewish Budapest, Hungary in 1860 and was a vital figure in the establishment of modern political Zionism. He was a journalist and playwright who wrote Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State), setting out his vision for a safe homeland for Jews around the world. His 1896 Zion Congress held in Basel, Switzerland marked the start of organized Jewish nationalism. Herzl died in 1904 in Edlach, Austria, and was buried at the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel. His life and legacy continue to be celebrated today as an example of dedication to a cause and a leader for Jews around the world. He is seen as having laid the foundation for the creation of Israel and his vision of a Jewish homeland remains an inspiration to many. Vilmos Vázsonyi [caption id="attachment_52150" align="alignnone" width="516"] Vilmos Vázsonyi- Photo by Mór Erdélyi, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Vilmos Vázsonyi was born in Jewish Budapest, Hungary in 1908 and is known as one of the most influential figures of Hungarian Jewish life. He served as President of the Union of Jewish Congregations from 1954 to 1988. During his tenure, he played a major role in rebuilding and revitalizing Jewish institutions throughout Hungary. He also became a leader in interfaith dialogue, helping to foster understanding and cooperation between different faiths. Vázsonyi died in 1999 in Budapest and was buried at the Kerepesi Cemetery. His legacy is remembered as a champion of Jewish life in Hungary who dedicated his life to rebuilding Jewish culture within the country. Summary of Budapest’s Jewish Story The story of Jewish Budapest is one that spans over centuries. From the iconic Dohany Street Synagogue to the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, it is clear that this city was an integral part of Europe's Jewish cultural heritage before and during World War II. The history of Jewish Budapest is celebrated today through ongoing cultural events such as the popular Jewish Summer Festival, showcasing the many facets of Hungary's Jewish identity. Furthermore, prominent figures such as Theodor Herzl and Vilmos Vázsonyi are celebrated for their contributions to the cause of a safe homeland for Jews around the world. Jewish Budapest remains a testament to resilience and cultural preservation in times of sorrow and hardship, providing visitors with an opportunity to pay tribute to its Jewish community and to appreciate the beauty and grandeur of the city. As such, it is no surprise that Jewish Budapest is affectionately known as the 'Heartbeat of Jewish Hungary'. Enduringly captivating, Budapest is a place where history, culture, and resilience come together in a truly unique way. It is an experience not to be missed!

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World Jewish Travel Official September 11, 2023

Journey Through Jewish Mumbai: Exploring the History and Culture

Introduction to Jewish Mumbai Mumbai is a bustling metropolis with a rich and diverse history, including the contributions of its Jewish community. Jews first settled in Mumbai over 500 years ago, and today there are still many sites of religious and cultural importance to visit. From exploring the Jewish Quarter to learning about famous figures who lived or died in the city, there is much to discover on a journey through Jewish Mumbai. Join us as we explore this vibrant culture, uncovering centuries-old stories that have shaped this remarkable city. [caption id="attachment_52121" align="alignleft" width="1920"] Mumbai City- Photo from iStock by paulprescott72[/caption] Jewish Culture and History in Mumbai Early Jewish Life in Mumbai Jews have been living in Mumbai for over 500 years, though the earliest evidence of Jewish presence dates back to the early 16th century. During this time, Jews were welcomed by the Portuguese rulers of Bombay and granted special privileges that allowed them to practice their religion freely. Life for Jews was relatively peaceful during this period, with many settling into trade and commerce as well as other professions such as medicine. The city's growing wealth also enabled more affluent members of the community to build synagogues and even a cemetery. In later centuries, more waves of Jewish immigrants would arrive in Mumbai from countries like Iraq and Yemen, adding further richness to its vibrant culture. [caption id="attachment_52063" align="alignnone" width="912"] Jewish Encyclopedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Jews have been an integral part of Mumbai's history for centuries, and their contributions to the city are wide-ranging. Over the years, Jews in Mumbai have taken on a variety of occupations including trade and commerce, medicine, banking, law and other professions. Many Jewish immigrants also had a hand in developing the modern cityscape with their involvement in construction projects such as building roads and bridges. Through these activities, they helped shape not only the economy but also the culture of Mumbai by bringing different perspectives from around the world. Recent and Contemporary Life in Jewish Mumbai Today, Jewish life in Mumbai is vibrant and diverse. While the community has shrunk to around 4,000 people since its peak of over 20,000 in 1948, it still remains an integral part of the city's culture and history. The majority of Jews living in Mumbai today are Bene Israel—the descendants of Jews who arrived from Iraq and Yemen centuries ago—though there are also members from other communities such as Baghdadi Jews and Cochin Jews. As well as being active members of their local synagogues, many Jewish families have become involved in business ventures throughout the city such as real estate development or hospitality services. Iconic Attractions and Events in Mumbai The Jewish Quarter in Mumbai The Jewish quarter of Mumbai, also known as the Judah Hyam Synagogue district, is a small but significant neighborhood located in the heart of the bustling city. The area is home to one of the oldest and most historically significant synagogues in India, the Magen David Synagogue, which was built in 1864. The neighborhood also houses several Jewish institutions and landmarks, including the Knesset Eliyahu Synagogue, the Sassoon Hospital, and the David Sassoon Library. The Jewish community in Mumbai has a rich and diverse history, dating back to the 18th century when Jewish traders first arrived in the city. Today, the Jewish quarter continues to be an important cultural hub, where visitors can learn about the community's unique traditions, cuisine, and way of life. Knesset Eliyahu The Knesset Eliyahu stands as an Orthodox Jewish synagogue situated in the heart of Mumbai's downtown area. Remarkably, it holds the distinction of being the city's second-oldest Sephardic synagogue. Its establishment in the year 1884 is credited to Jacob Elias Sassoon, the son of Eliyahu David Sassoon and the grandson of David Sassoon. David Sassoon had sought refuge in India in 1832, fleeing persecution in Baghdad, and settled in Mumbai, which was then known as Bombay. The synagogue's preservation and upkeep are overseen by the Jacob Sassoon Trust. This architectural gem holds immense significance, drawing from its Jewish traditions and bearing the influence of both Indian and English colonial elements. [caption id="attachment_52064" align="alignnone" width="976"] Photo Attribution: World Monuments Fund[/caption] Gate of Mercy Synagogue The Gate of Mercy Synagogue, also known as Shaar Harahamim and Juni Masjid, holds the distinction of being Jewish Mumbai's oldest synagogue, with its origins dating back to 1796. Samuel Ezekiel, also known as Samaji Hasaji Divekar, a member of the Bene Israeli community, was the visionary behind its construction, initially near CSMT in South Mumbai. Subsequently, in 1860, the synagogue underwent a reconstruction and was relocated to its current position in Mandvi. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, this vicinity was home to a small yet thriving Jewish population. Despite a decline in its congregational numbers over time, the synagogue remains active, hosting services such as the 6 AM prayer. It continues to serve a dedicated congregation of approximately one hundred members daily. Moreover, the synagogue holds a prominent place on heritage and religious tours within the city, allowing visitors to delve into its rich history and cultural significance. Hanukkah Jewish Festival of Lights Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, holds a special place in the vibrant cultural tapestry of Mumbai, India. In this bustling metropolis, home to a diverse Jewish community, Hanukkah is celebrated with enthusiasm and warmth. The Festival of Lights, which typically falls in December, is a time when the community in Jewish Mumbai comes together to commemorate the miraculous story of the oil that burned for eight days. The lighting of the menorah, a central tradition of Hanukkah, illuminates homes and synagogues across the city, symbolizing hope, faith, and the triumph of light over darkness. Delicious traditional dishes, such as latkes and sufganiyot, are savored by families and friends who gather to share in the joy of the festival. Amidst the bustling streets of Mumbai, the celebration of Hanukkah serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of unity, faith, and cultural richness that defines this remarkable city. Iconic Personalities of Mumbai Dr. Elijah Moses Rajpurker Elijah Moses Rajpurker, a prominent figure in Jewish Mumbai's Bene Israel community, was a medical doctor and public health advocate who made significant contributions to both healthcare and civic life. He gained recognition for his compassionate treatment of bubonic plague sufferers during an epidemic that afflicted millions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a municipal councilor and later as Bombay's mayor in 1937-1938, he played a vital role in establishing cemeteries, crematoriums, and institutions like the King George V Memorial Infirmary, providing medical care and shelter to the less fortunate. His election as mayor marked the growing professionalization and prominence of the Bene Israel community and underscored their acceptance within wider Indian society. His legacy endures through institutions on Dr. E. Moses Road, named in his honor, and his role as a respected communal leader of Jewish Mumbai. [caption id="attachment_52061" align="alignnone" width="367"] מאת דפוס בומביי - בומביי גאזט, רשות הציבור, https://he.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1400380[/caption] Ruby Myers More widely recognized under her stage name Sulochana, she was an Indian silent film actress with Jewish heritage, originating from the Baghdadi Jewish community in India. During her peak years, she stood as one of the most highly compensated actresses of her era, often appearing alongside Dinshaw Bilimoria in films produced by Imperial Studios. In the mid-1930s, she ventured into film production by establishing Rubi Pics. Myers received the prestigious 1973 Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest accolade in Indian cinema for lifetime achievement. She also adopted a daughter, Sarah Myers, who later became Vijaylaxmi Shreshtha after marriage. Myers passed away in Mumbai in 1983. [caption id="attachment_52062" align="alignnone" width="490"] See page for author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Summary of Mumbai's Jewish Story Mumbai's Jewish history is vast and complex, spanning centuries of migration, cultural growth, and resilience. From the early days of trading and settlement to modern times, this thriving community has left an indelible mark on the city's culture and identity. Its synagogues stand as monuments to centuries of devotion and faith; its iconic personalities represent a legacy that continues to thrive. As we explore and appreciate the many facets of the heritage of Jewish Mumbai, let us remember the stories that remain at its heart: those of courage, hope, and perseverance against all odds. This is the story of Jewish Mumbai - a city that celebrates its rich cultural diversity and proudly embraces its vibrant Jewish past.

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World Jewish Travel Official August 29, 2023

Journey through Jewish Prague: From Early Settlements to the Modern City

Introduction to Jewish Prague Journeying through the streets of Prague is akin to stepping into the pages of a vibrant Jewish storybook. From the early settlements in the city's heart, marking the beginnings of the Jewish Quarter, to the bustling modern city, Jewish heritage is intricately woven into Prague's cultural tapestry. This city has been the canvas for significant Jewish figures such as the Maharal of Prague, the creator of the legendary Golem, and the world-renowned writer Franz Kafka. Today, we invite you to an exploration of Jewish Prague, a city that forever echoes the stories of its past and resonates with the pulse of its present. [caption id="attachment_51767" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by William Zhang on Unsplash[/caption] Jewish Culture and History in Prague Early Jewish Life in Prague Jews first arrived in Prague in the 10th century, finding a home amidst the city's cobbled streets and Gothic architecture. They established a vibrant community centered around Josefov, now known as the Old Jewish Quarter. Life in the Middle Ages was a tapestry of both prosperity and upheaval. Jewish residents thrived as merchants and scholars, with Prague becoming a beacon of Jewish learning in Europe. However, they also faced sporadic periods of persecution and expulsion. Despite these hardships, the Jewish community's resilience shone through, as they continued to influence the cultural and intellectual life of the city. Their indelible imprint remains visible in Prague's architecture, traditions, and stories, a testament to their enduring legacy. [caption id="attachment_51768" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Lukáš Gejdoš on Unsplash[/caption] Jewish Contributions to Prague Society In the fabric of Prague, the Jewish community has always been a vibrant thread, significantly contributing to the city's development and progression. Jews were actively involved in a wide array of occupations, from academia and commerce to the arts. Their ingenuity in trade and finance played a pivotal role in boosting the city's economy. Many Jews were successful merchants, importing and exporting goods across Europe and beyond, thus fostering a dynamic marketplace. Academics and scholars from the Jewish community made notable contributions to the fields of philosophy, theology, and literature, impacting not only Prague but resonating across the entire European continent. Their literary prowess is exemplified by figures such as Franz Kafka, whose works helped shape modern literature. Moreover, Jewish artisans, architects, and musicians enriched Prague's cultural scene, leaving a lasting artistic mark on the city. Thus, through their myriad contributions, the Jews of Prague helped mold the city into the vibrant, multicultural hub it is today. [caption id="attachment_51769" align="alignnone" width="585"] Photo Attribution: Hermann, J. Telge, and Z. Winter, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Recent and Contemporary Jewish Life in Prague The dark shadow of the Holocaust looms large over the history of Jewish Prague. The Jewish community, once so vibrant and integral to the life of the city, was ravaged by the horrors of the Nazi regime. It is estimated that approximately 78,000 Jews from the Czech lands, including Prague, were murdered during the Holocaust. This devastating period saw the decimation of the Jewish population, the destruction of countless synagogues, and the end of a thriving culture. The city's Jewish Quarter, once bustling with life, stood in silent testimony to the lives lost. Post-Holocaust, the Jewish community of Prague has had to rebuild from these ashes, a poignant reminder of their resilience and the enduring spirit of Jewish Prague. In contemporary times, Jewish life in Prague is experiencing a resurgence. The city's Jewish Quarter, Josefov, once desolate and silent, now thrums with life. Synagogues that had fallen into disrepair have been painstakingly restored and are now active centers of worship. Jewish schools, kosher restaurants, and cultural institutions are revitalizing the community, while the Prague Jewish Museum attracts visitors from around the world. The city annually hosts the Jewish Film Festival and the Festival of Jewish Culture, which are met with enthusiasm by locals and tourists alike, thereby celebrating Jewish heritage and fostering understanding between diverse communities. Yet, the echoes of the past remain, serving as reminders of a tumultuous history while underlining the extraordinary resilience of Jewish Prague. [caption id="attachment_51770" align="alignnone" width="639"] Image Attribution: Official Tourism Website of Prague[/caption] Iconic Attractions and Events in Prague The Jewish Quarter in Prague The Jewish Quarter, also known as Josefov, is a testament to the historical and cultural magnitude of Jewish life in Prague. This area, named after Emperor Joseph II who is known for his role in the emancipation of Jews, is a living embodiment of Jewish heritage in Prague. It is home to significant landmarks such as the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest functioning synagogue in Europe, and the Spanish Synagogue, renowned for its stunning Moorish interiors. The Old Jewish Cemetery, one of the oldest of its kind in Europe, is also located here, serving as a poignant reminder of the deep roots of the Jewish community in the city. The Jewish Quarter is not only a symbol of the resilience of the Jewish community but also represents a vibrant component of Prague's multicultural fabric. [caption id="attachment_51771" align="alignnone" width="456"] jerzy Strzelecki, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] The Old New Synagogue The Old New Synagogue, or Altneuschul, situated in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, is a symbol of the enduring Jewish presence in Prague. Constructed in the late 13th century, it is the oldest functioning synagogue in Europe and one of Prague's earliest Gothic structures. The synagogue is steeped in legend, most notably the story of the Golem of Prague, a mythical creature said to have been created by the Maharal, Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel. It is believed that the remains of the Golem still lie in the attic of the synagogue. Today, the Old New Synagogue remains an active house of prayer and a vital part of Jewish Prague, its ancient walls bearing witness to centuries of history and tradition. [caption id="attachment_51772" align="alignnone" width="636"] Øyvind Holmstad, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] The Old Jewish Cemetery The Old Jewish Cemetery is an essential part of the Jewish heritage in Prague. Established in the 15th century, it is among the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds in the world. Its tombstones, crowded and leaning, bear the names and symbols of more than 12,000 visible graves, although the actual number of buried individuals is thought to be much higher. The cemetery serves as a silent, yet eloquent, testament to the Jewish life that once thrived in the city. This hallowed ground is the final resting place for notable figures, among them the esteemed Maharal. Visiting the Old Jewish Cemetery offers a moving journey into Prague's Jewish past, a poignant tribute to those who shaped the city's history and culture. [caption id="attachment_51773" align="alignnone" width="634"] Øyvind Holmstad, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons Popular Israel on the River Festival [/caption] The Israel on the River Festival is a vibrant celebration of Jewish culture and Israeli heritage in the heart of Prague. Held annually on the banks of the Vltava River, the festival draws locals and tourists alike, providing a platform to experience Jewish traditions, Israeli music, and cuisine. It's an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to immerse themselves in Jewish culture, enhancing their understanding and appreciation of Jewish history and contemporary life in Prague. The festival’s diverse program includes performances by Israeli musicians, Hebrew language workshops, and traditional Jewish food stalls, reinforcing the enduring presence and influence of Jewish Prague in the city's multicultural tapestry. With its celebratory atmosphere and rich cultural offerings, the Israel on the River Festival contributes to the ongoing revival and recognition of Jewish life in Prague. Iconic Personalities of Prague Franz Kafka Franz Kafka, a prominent figure in literary circles, has left an indelible mark on the cultural fabric of Prague. Born into a middle-class, German-speaking Jewish family in Prague on July 3, 1883, Kafka lived in the city most of his life. His birthplace, located at the corner of Radničná and Maiselova Street in the Jewish Quarter (Josefov), is today a venue for exhibitions about his life and works. His surreal, complex works, often featuring individuals facing a baffling and impersonal bureaucracy, are seen as prescient critiques of totalitarianism and have made significant contributions to modernist literature. Kafka's short life ended in a sanatorium near Vienna on June 3, 1924, from tuberculosis, far from his beloved home city. Contrary to the directives in his will, Kafka's works were published posthumously, earning him his place among the literary greats. Kafka's grave can be found in the New Jewish Cemetery in Žižkov, Prague, where visitors often leave handwritten notes and stones - a traditional Jewish sign of respect for the deceased - in tribute to his lasting legacy. [caption id="attachment_51774" align="alignnone" width="559"] See page for author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel (The Maharal) Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, better known as the Maharal, was a highly esteemed scholar and Jewish leader who significantly contributed to the Jewish intellectual and spiritual heritage. Born around 1525 in Poznań, today's Poland, he spent the majority of his life in Prague, where his profound influence is still palpable. He served as the Chief Rabbi of Prague and crafted a distinct philosophy that combined Jewish mysticism with a logical, rational approach, profoundly influencing Jewish thought. The Maharal is most famously associated with the legend of the Golem of Prague. According to the tale, he created the Golem, a clay figure brought to life, to protect the Jewish community from anti-Semitic attacks. While the story is rooted in folklore, it symbolizes the Maharal's role as a protector and leader of Prague's Jewish community. He passed away on September 17, 1609, in Prague, and his tomb in the Old Jewish Cemetery is a frequented site of homage. The legacy of the Maharal extends beyond Prague, as his teachings continue to inspire Jewish scholars and thinkers worldwide. [caption id="attachment_51775" align="alignnone" width="455"] Luis Villa del Campo, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Summary of Prague's Jewish Story In conclusion, Jewish Prague is a treasure trove of deep-rooted history, rich culture, and remarkable resilience. The Jewish Quarter, with its timeless synagogues, the touching Old Jewish Cemetery, and the bustling festivals, paints a vivid picture of the city's Jewish heritage. Significant personalities, such as Franz Kafka and the Maharal, have also left their imprints, adding layers of depth to the city's Jewish narrative. Visiting Prague offers the chance to step back in time and bear witness to the struggles and triumphs of the Jewish community through the ages. The Old New Synagogue and the Old Jewish Cemetery are must-see sites that offer a poignant glimpse into Prague's Jewish past. At the same time, the annual Jewish film festival, the Kosher Food Festival, and others provide a vibrant snapshot of contemporary Jewish life. The city of Prague, with its Jewish Quarter as a centerpiece, stands as an enduring testament to the Jewish community's integral role in the city's past, present, and future. It is more than just a city to visit—it is a narrative to uncover, a culture to explore, and a history to appreciate. So pack your bags, embark on this journey of discovery, and let the streets of Jewish Prague narrate their compelling story. [caption id="attachment_51776" align="alignnone" width="633"] Photo by Martin Krchnacek on Unsplash Closing Thoughts [/caption] Stepping into the heart of Prague, particularly the Jewish Quarter, offers an immersive, enriching experience unlike any other. The cobblestone streets whisper tales of a resilient past, while the vibrant festivals and lively, modern Jewish life echo an inspiring present. As you explore each corner, you'll encounter the enduring legacy of remarkable figures etched into the very soul of the city. Let the allure of Prague guide you on a journey through time, where every synagogue, cemetery, and monument unfurls a chapter of the extraordinary Jewish narrative. Uncover, explore, and appreciate this living testament to Jewish history.

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Moha Ouaziz August 21, 2023

Preserving the Rich Heritage: Exploring the Jewish Synagogues of Morocco

Morocco, a land renowned for its vibrant culture and history, holds within its borders a treasure trove of religious diversity. One of the most intriguing aspects of this diversity is the presence of Jewish synagogues that bear testament to centuries of coexistence and intermingling. These synagogues stand as living monuments, offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Morocco's past and its enduring commitment to religious tolerance. Historical Context The history of the Jewish community in Morocco is steeped in antiquity, with roots dating back over two thousand years. Jews settled in various regions of Morocco, contributing to the country's cultural mosaic. The synagogues they established became not only places of worship but also centers of communal life and cultural expression. Jewish-Moroccan interaction resulted in a fascinating blend of architectural styles, artistic influences, and religious practices. Architectural Diversity The synagogues of Morocco exhibit a remarkable diversity in architectural styles, reflecting the amalgamation of influences from Arab, Berber, and Sephardic traditions. From the ornate woodwork and intricate tile mosaics to the impressive archways and serene courtyards, each synagogue narrates a unique tale of design ingenuity. For instance, the Ibn Danan Synagogue in Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcases Moorish architecture with its horseshoe arches, intricate stucco decoration, and a peaceful inner courtyard. Similarly, the El Mellah area in Marrakech houses the Lazama Synagogue, featuring an elegant blend of Moroccan and Andalusian design elements, indicative of the harmonious coexistence between communities. Spiritual Significance Beyond their architectural allure, these synagogues hold immense spiritual significance for the Moroccan Jewish community. While many Jews emigrated to Israel in the mid-20th century, a notable number chose to remain, and these synagogues continue to serve as spaces for religious ceremonies, festivals, and prayers. The synagogues serve as a testament to the deep-rooted connection between the community and their ancestral land. Cultural Fusion The Moroccan Jewish synagogues offer a unique glimpse into the fusion of religious practices and cultural traditions. Jewish celebrations like Passover and Hanukkah are celebrated alongside Moroccan festivals like Mimouna, where Jewish and Muslim communities share traditional foods. This blending of rituals has enriched both communities and exemplifies the harmonious coexistence that characterizes Morocco. Preservation Efforts Preserving these synagogues is a shared endeavor between the Moroccan government, Jewish communities, and international organizations. Restoration projects have been initiated to ensure that the architectural marvels are maintained for generations to come. The collaboration reflects Morocco's commitment to safeguarding its multicultural heritage. Conclusion The Jewish synagogues of Morocco stand as silent witnesses to the interwoven history of diverse communities. They embody the spirit of tolerance, understanding, and coexistence that is deeply ingrained in Moroccan culture. As travelers and historians alike explore these architectural gems, they are reminded of the enduring legacy of the Moroccan Jewish community and the nation's embrace of its multifaceted heritage.    

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Moha Ouaziz August 8, 2023

Exploring the Rich Jewish Heritage in Morocco: A Journey through Time

Morocco, a land of vibrant colors, rich history, and diverse cultures, has been home to a flourishing Jewish community for centuries. With a history dating back to ancient times, the Jewish presence in Morocco is an integral part of the country's cultural tapestry. In this blog, we embark on a journey through time to explore the fascinating Jewish heritage that has left an indelible mark on Morocco's history and society.   The Origins of Moroccan Jewish Community: The roots of the Jewish community in Morocco can be traced back over 2,000 years when Jewish traders and merchants arrived in the region. However, the most significant influx occurred during the Spanish Inquisition when Sephardic Jews sought refuge in Morocco, bringing with them their language, traditions, and crafts.   Moroccan Jewish Culture and Traditions: Moroccan Jews have preserved their unique culture and traditions throughout the centuries, blending elements from both their Jewish and Moroccan identities. From music and dance to culinary delights, the Moroccan Jewish community boasts a vibrant cultural heritage that reflects the fusion of diverse influences.   Historic Jewish Sites in Morocco: Venturing through the narrow alleys of Moroccan cities, visitors can discover a myriad of historic Jewish sites. From ancient synagogues adorned with intricate mosaics to well-preserved Jewish quarters, each place offers a glimpse into the past and a testament to the enduring Jewish presence in the region.   Jewish Festivals in Morocco: Moroccan Jews celebrate a range of festivals, each infused with their unique customs and rituals. From the joyous Purim celebrations to the solemn observance of Yom Kippur, these festivities provide an opportunity to witness the devotion and resilience of the Moroccan Jewish community.   Contributions of Moroccan Jews to Society: Moroccan Jews have made significant contributions to various fields, including arts, science, and commerce. Many prominent Moroccan Jewish personalities have left a lasting impact on the country's history and continue to be celebrated today.   Preserving Jewish Heritage in Morocco: Efforts to preserve and promote Jewish heritage in Morocco have gained momentum in recent years. Organizations, local communities, and tourists alike are actively engaging in projects to restore historic sites, maintain cemeteries, and document genealogies.   Jewish Heritage Tours in Morocco: For those keen to delve deeper into the rich Jewish history of Morocco, heritage tours offer an enchanting experience. Guided by experts, these tours take visitors on a captivating journey through iconic Jewish landmarks and hidden gems, fostering a deeper appreciation for this extraordinary heritage.   Conclusion: As we conclude our journey through the heritage of Jewish communities in Morocco, we are reminded of the remarkable resilience and cultural richness that have characterized this community throughout history. The legacy of Moroccan Jews serves as a bridge connecting the past with the present, weaving a tale of shared history and understanding. With growing efforts to preserve and celebrate this heritage, it is sure to continue inspiring generations to come.

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Even in Berlin, you can get a taste of the Middle East at @restaurantfeinbergs!

This restaurant offers Israeli specialties focused specifically on traditional sephardic cuisine. From mouthwatering spiced meats to vegetarian hummus and falafel, Feinburg’s offers a bit of everything – making it a perfect stop for everyone’s Berlin culinary tour.
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If you keep kosher and enjoy traveling, be sure to check out our Kosher Travel page!

We`ve gathered the top kosher tour experiences in countries around the world, allowing you to explore Jewish culture while dining on amazing kosher cuisine.

🔗 Check out our link in bio to find a kosher travel experience!
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Planning a trip to Israel in August? ✈️

Read about the six most ICONIC summer festivals you definitely shouldn`t miss out on! From music to food and more, read now on The Times Of Israel and get the lowdown on all the fun. Link in bio! 👉

– Written by @shayrubytravels
– Photo by William Recinos on Unsplash

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One of the highlights from the Jewish Silk Road event was definitely the dancer from Uzbekistan!

Learn more about Jewish culture in Georgia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and India 👉 (link in bio)

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It`s believed that the Jewish people have been present in Georgia for 2,600 years, making them one of the oldest continuing Jewish communities in the world.

Watch the full video and Jewish Silk Road YouTube playlist of Georgia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and India 👉 (link in bio)

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The Jewish Silk Road features cities along the ancient trade route where Jewish culture once flourished. Discover Jewish cultural sites from Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Georgia, to India and Uzbekistan 👉 (link in bio)
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We were proud to welcome ambassadors and national tourism board representatives from five countries along the Jewish Silk Road to our launch event at this year’s IMTM in Tel Aviv! With their help, we were able to tell the Jewish story of the ancient Silk Road trade route that played a central role in facilitating economic, cultural, political, and religious interactions between the East and West.

Learn more 👉 (link in bio)
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This past year we’ve been working with the European Jewish Heritage Routes to help promote Jewish cultural tourism across Europe.

As of today, we have over 30 cities from the European Jewish Heritage Routes on our website and are continuing to add more!

If you`re interested in getting your city on the WJT platform, email us at [email protected].

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We`re excited to be featured
in @thejerusalem_post magazine!

Check out the link in our bio to read the full article online and discover Jewish culture around the world.

Thanks JPost!
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Looking for a place to spend Shabbat while traveling this summer?

Our Shabbat Around the World page has the top Shabbat dinner experiences in thousands of cities around the world! Experiencing Shabbat abroad is such a unique opportunity and allows you to connect with the local culture.

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