Celebrating the cultural legacy of the city of Izmir and the Sephardic community, which since the 16th century has been an important component of the ethnic mosaic of today’s Konak district area. There will be interesting tours, talks, film screenings, concerts and more during the festival.
The Jewish community of France is the third largest in the world with over 500,000 citizens. The team at European Jewish Heritage Tours prides itself on showing explaining the rich cultural and religious heritage of French Jews through the country’s cities and regions, synagogues and monuments, artists and public figures all of which reveal how Jewish life has developed in France since the Middle Ages. For centuries France has been an important center of European Jewish life and scholarship; the cities of Paris, Troyes, Avignon, Colmar, and Narbonne were known throughout the Christian and Jewish worlds for their rabbis and interpreters of the Torah and the Talmud. In the company of European Jewish Heritage Tours, you will discover the places where these luminaries made their mark, and walk in the footsteps of such renowned figures in the arts and industry, including Sarah Bernhardt, Jacques Offenbach, Marcel Proust, Marc Chagall, Camille Pissarro, André Citroën, James de Rothschild, and Amadeo Modigliani. You will also learn about the celebrated Jewish families who financed the reconstruction of Paris in the 19th century and who played a significant role in the Industrial Revolution and in social legislation such as paid vacations and the 40-hour work week. Today, France’s President has clearly stated that he is “a friend of Israel” and has encouraged Holocaust studies in the French public school system. In addition, the French government is actively working to secure synagogues and other Jewish sites, and is working to establish other educational programs to combat anti-Semitism. These are just some of the multiple signs that Jewish citizens and their interests are being given new consideration and respect in France today. One of history’s greatest Torah and Talmud commentators, Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac, known by the acronym Rashi (1040-1105), was born, lived, and taught here. During the First Crusade, Rashi was forced to flee anti-Jewish riots. He returned to Worms, Germany, where he had first studied. He remained there until his death. Rashi’s grandson, the noted Jewish scholar known as Rabbenu Tam (1100-1171) also taught in Troyes and attracted students from all over Europe. Historians believe that the St-Frobert quarter was the Jewish quarter. Nothing remains of the medieval Jewish community that, although very small in size, made a huge contribution to Judaism This tour, which includes many of the timbered houses of Medieval Troyes, also includes the Synagogue of Troyes, located in an historic section of town, a replica of one from Rashi’s time. Begun in 1982, it was dedicated in 1987. This year, you will also discover a special exhibit on Rashi’s era at the European Institute dedicated to the studies of the celebrated Jewish sage. (Group tours can be arranged through European Jewish Heritage Tours). A day out to Troyes can be combined with a kosher champagne wine tasting near Reims.
ARCHI RASHI - The discovering of “Rashi” through local architecture as a guided tour in Troyes city center. CulturistiQ invites you to an original architectural discovery of the alleys of Troyes. Throughout the course, we will delve into the description made by Rashi and his disciples through their comments in the Bible and the Talmud, to discover, beyond the architecture, techniques and tools of Champagne of the Middle Ages and traditions of Judaism. RASHI & THE GARDEN OF EDEN - Guided tour in partnership with Maximilien Maire, nature guide. CulturistiQ and Maximilien Nature Guide invite you to explore the gardens and undergrowth of the Viennes path in Troyes. Throughout this stroll, we will delve into the commentaries of Rashi in the Bible and the Talmud, to discover the vegetation and the place of nature in medieval daily life and in the customs and traditions of Judaism. A TRIP INTO CHAMPAGNE WINERY WITH RASHI – A meeting experience with Champagne House Barrat-Masson CulturistiQ and La Maison de Champagne Barrat-Masson invite you to discover the vineyards, cellars, techniques and the wine of Champagne in Villenauxe-La-Grande. Throughout this meeting, we will delve into the commentaries of Rashi in the Bible and the Talmud, to understand beyond the wine and the vineyard of Champagne, the place of wine in the Middle Ages and the customs and traditions of Judaism. BEES, HONEY AND HONEYCOMBS WITH RASHI – A meeting experience with beekeepers CulturistiQ and Le Rucher Barbotte invite you to discover the techniques of beekeeping and honey from Nesle-la-Reposte. Throughout this meeting, we will delve into the commentaries of Rashi in the Bible and the Talmud, to understand beyond honey and bees, the place of honey in the Middle Ages and the customs and traditions of Judaism. STUDIES IN MEDIEVAL TIMES, RASHI & BERNARD DE CLAIRVAUX – a meeting day in partnership with CulturistiQ and the Association Renaissance de l'Abbaye de Clairvaux. Both welcome you to the Hostellerie des Dames to discover the great Champagne figures of medieval times and their relationships through the study of sacred texts. A dive around the book and the written, the thought and the spirit, to illuminate the intellectual encounters and exchanges between Jews and Christians.
Emblematic of restaurants that know how to resist time and fashions, L’Alhambra has been part of the Aube culinary panorama for 54 years with oriental cuisine that is a delight in the heart of Troyes. Come and taste our authentic Couscous and Tajines specialties. Our long-standing bestseller: lamb kebab couscous. The semolina is prepared in olive oil, the vegetables exude freshness and the choice of meat is uncompromising. All our products are fresh, this goes for our couscous as well as for our two tagines and our Algerian salads, well appreciated on the terrace in summer. As for our oriental pastries, they are homemade. We also offer vegan dishes, like our couscous-vegetables, with chickpeas and harissa as a bonus.
Come and taste Champagne specialties such as andouillette 5A at the restaurant La Fille du Potager in the historic city center of Troyes. We welcome you in a typical Champagne setting with 2 rooms upstairs. We can receive you in groups of 10 to 45 people.
Restaurant, Brasserie, Bar, Terrace and Club in the cellar in Troyes - Home cooking and pastry, fresh, local and seasonal products - Cocktails and Champagne Wines - Maître Restaurateur since 2013
We are happy to welcome you to our charming 19th century Guesthouse situated in the heart of the city of Troyes in the Champagne-Ardenne region, which is only 2h from Paris. After two years refurbishment, our house which was constructed and inhabited by the historian Albert Babeau, has now today been completely restored. It offers a modern decor while keeping its historian character and the authenticity of this beautiful house. Comfortably installed in one of our 5 spacious and charming rooms, we offer your stay under the sign of relaxation and discovery of the French « Art de vivre ».
Ideally located in the heart of the historical and touristic centre of the city of Troyes, with its half-timbered facade overlooking a pedestrian street, the Relais Saint Jean hotel has 23 luxury rooms with a refined and personalised décor. They will all seduce you for your business trips as well as your tourist stays. A private Jacuzzi in a 16th century cellar is available upon reservation. The entire Relais Saint Jean team is delighted to welcome you in a warm atmosphere where conviviality and efficiency are combined on a daily basis.
Welcome in Troyes in our five star hotel. We are happy to receive you in the heart of the historical city for a night or a short visit in our beautiful region.
Charming Hotel in Troyes in a unique setting and a building dating from the XV and XVI century.
Meetings, guided tours or workshops about a specific theme for a 1h30 to 2 hours experience, in a pedagogical and entertaining setting, for group up to 20 persons. Those experiences are built jointly by CulturistiQ and its partners: each partner presents the specificities of its work and heritage while CulturistiQ presents the same thematic through the point of view of Rashi and his disciples. As the writings of the Sages of Champagne are wonderful testimonies of daily life in the Middle Ages in Champagne, it is easy to transmit the local medieval way of life through their description of tools and technics, relationships between Jews and Christians, food, agriculture, nature and so on… All through the “experience”, CulturistiQ and its partners offer a dialogue between elements of local culture and Jewish local history/Jewish culture.
Troyes La Champagne, capital of the department of Aube, is a unique destination to explore once and again, 160 kilometers south-east of Paris and 120 kilometers from Reims. First on the list of things to see, is the fabulous collection of half-timbered houses which makes the town proud. They have received a glorious facelift, adorning them in a multitude of colours. Water, on which the town was established, has also taken centre stage again. The quays of the Seine are an eloquent testimony to this. Before winding through Paris, the river passes through the former capital of the Champagne counts, where it is infused with the spirit of moderation. [caption id="attachment_30844" align="alignnone" width="2051"] Troyes Tourism Office© A. Lallemand - Troyes La Champagne Tourisme-0781[/caption] The venerable town of Troyes dates back to antiquity. The region was populated by nomads during the lower Palaeolithic period, around 400,000 BC, and was settled around 5,000 BC. The first traces of permanent settlements date from the end of the 6th century AD. Greek and Latin authors wrote of the Gallic people Tricasses around the 5th and 4th centuries BC. It is estimated that in the first centuries AD, the city of Augustobona Tricassium (Troyes) had around 6,000 souls and a surface area of around 80 hectares, bordered on the north and south by marshes. In the 12th century, Troyes experienced rapid commercial and financial expansion, as well as an incredible intellectual and cultural explosion. The Counts of Champagne helped the city to expand by stimulating the celebrated “Foires de Champagne” that attracted traders from around Europe, thanks in part to the fairs’ code of conduct, set up in 1137. In the time of the Counts of Champagne, while Troyes is famous for Chrétien de Troyes, it is also associated with two other key figures from the Middle Ages: Rashi and Saint Bernard de Clairvaux, whose names remain indelibly linked to the city of Troyes and the Aube département to this day. Both men were eminent thinkers and scholars who played a key role in their respective eras. At this time, Troyes was home to a large Jewish community. One of the city’s children would go on to become the world’s most famous Jew and an iconic figure in Judaism: Shlomo Ben Yitzhak, better known as Rashi (1040-1105). The famous Troyen is best known for his extraordinary talent as an interpreter and commentator of the Bible and the Talmud. He founded a Talmudic School in his native city, which attracted students from far and wide, keen to learn more about his comments on the sacred texts. His teachings remain influential today, representing a model of openness and dialogue between cultures. Rashi’s works also provide an important insight into the French language during his era (the second half of the 11th century), when French remained a variant of the ancient Champenois dialect and was still in its infancy. The Rabbi translated difficult and technical terms from Biblical Hebrew into this burgeoning language. Just like Chrétien de Troyes, Rashi made a major contribution to the expansion of French-language literature in the central Middle Ages. [caption id="attachment_30846" align="alignnone" width="1000"] RashisHouseExhibition_Library_P5©J. Boitelet2017[/caption] Later, in the 16th century, the city was an artistic hotbed. Troyes is largely a 16th century city, with most of today’s buildings and layout dating from what locals call the “beautiful 16th century”. A reference to a prosperous period in the city’s history, when Troyes was a melting pot of artistic talent and creativity in fields as varied as sculpture, painting, tapestry, embroidery, goldsmithery and glasswork. Arts flourished with the famous Troyes Schools of Sculpture and Painting or the Master Glassmakers school. Their talent, already recognized in the 13th century, were to create marvelous works and make Troyes a “blessed town of stained glass”. The saying goes that France is home to 80% of the world’s stained glass windows, that 80% of French stained glass windows are located north of the Loire, that 80% of the stained glass windows north of the Loire are in the Champagne region, and that 80% of the stained glass windows in the Champagne region are in the Aube département! A quick calculation would therefore suggest that around 40% of the planet’s stained glass windows can be found right here in Aube… Nowhere else in the world will you find the sheer number and quality of stained glass windows as you can here. Aube is home to some 9,000 sq. m of stained glass windows, from the majestic Troyes cathedral to the smallest village church! This priceless treasure is spread across some 200 religious buildings. No fewer than 1,042 listed windows come from the era known locally as the «beautiful 16th century» alone. [caption id="attachment_30847" align="alignnone" width="2100"] Troyes City Center ©CulturistiQ[/caption] Troyes is also famous for its Renaissance mansions, opulent residences built in the Renaissance period: Hôtel Juvénal des Ursins, Hôtel Marisy, Hôtel Mauroy, Hôtel du Petit Louvre, Hôtel du Moïse, Hôtel des Angoiselles, Hôtel de Chapelaines, Hôtel de Vauluisant, Hôtel du Commandeur…. This pivotal era, spanning both the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, has left a lasting legacy on Troyes as it is today. The city was ravaged by a great fire in 1524, but has been rebuilt to its original appearance, with buildings replacing their fire-damaged predecessors in exactly the same locations. The 19th century saw Troyes undergo an economic and industrial transformation, driven by the hosiery industry. The “factory shops” were born in TROYES in the 1960s, to sell off local manufacturers’ ends of lines. At first only open to factory staff, little by little they were opened to the general public. Let’s remind ourselves of some of Troyes great brands such as Lacoste, Doré Doré or Petit Bateau! [caption id="attachment_30848" align="alignnone" width="1124"] Portail Institut Rachi Crédit ©CDT Aube Valentin COLIN[/caption] This legacy has bestowed upon Troyes its unique identity. Today, the town is undergoing a significant transformation which began in 1970. This slow and patient restoration programme of the town’s heritage sites is coupled with the evolution of its economy. The modern city is a direct descendant of its medieval predecessor. This venerable city is now living through its fourth golden age. Troyes La Champagne is also full of historical and architectural gems. Explore and get astonished through its museum collections: History, Fine Arts, Modern Art, Hosiery, Apothecary, Archeology, Arts and popular traditions. The town is on a human scale, and the countryside is never far! Troyes Champagne Métropole now welcomes visitors passing through with pleasure. Troyes and its surroundings also benefit from multiple little greenery spots that are like many places where you can take a breath besides the frantic race of everyday life. The landscape reflects the local style, unless it is the other way around: modest in height, moderate in area, and accessible to all. [caption id="attachment_30849" align="alignnone" width="2000"] Champagne Vinyards ©CDTAube[/caption] Then there are the Champagne plains with endless farmland, the Grands Lacs de Champagne and the viticultural island of Montgueux, which surround the town. Or the completely different valleys of the Pays d’Othe, home to the vast and truly enchanting Chaource forest. The modest surroundings are a treasure chest for those who know where to look. In Troyes, Historic Capital of Champagne, the nearest vineyard is about ten kilometres away (Montgueux), so it would be a sacrilege to talk of gastronomy without mentioning the famous sparkling nectar of the region, Champagne! It is not well known that the Aube is the 2nd largest producing département of five of Champagne, after the Marne. The actual Champagne appellation vineyards planted and in production cover 6,500 hectares and supply a fifth of the production, with a potential of 50 million bottles, of which 6,3000,000 are produced by winegrowers and winemakers of the Aube. The 59 communes of the appellation are for the most part concentrated in the south of the département the length of the “Cotes des Bar” (from the Celtic “Bar”, meaning peak), between Bar-sur-Seine and Bar-sur-Aube, with a prolongation onto the slopes of Montgueux that overlook Troyes and, and to the northwest near Villenaxe-la-Grande. The Champagne Tourist Route has its own signposting system and the winegrowers there are ready with their welcome. In that context, since 2019 Aube département has become part of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, which includes the Route of Jewish Heritage, as the cradle of a universally known recognized intangible Jewish heritage. In Aube département, the Rashi medieval Route of Champagne crosses two other prestigious European Routes: the Templars Route and the Cistercian Abbeys Route. To invigorate the territory, the Rashi Route proposes a combination of a cultural and tourist offering centered on the history of the ancient prestigious Jewish communities of Champagne. ©Texts by Troyes la Champagne Tourisme - ©Rashi Route information by CulturistiQ
Inspired by the Dead Sea's many natural wonders, the Isrotel Dead Sea Resort & Spa invites all guests to explore its enthralling island of tranquility, where pampering and relaxation always come first. The hotel is just moments from the shoreline, nestled at the foot of the majestic mountains that frame the Dead Sea. Every room has a balcony, with most enjoying magnificent views of the iconic Dead Sea itself – a truly unique attraction unequalled anywhere in Israel, or around the globe, which draws visitors from all over the world thanks to the renowned therapeutic properties of its natural waters and mud. These famous Dead Sea treatments can be experienced at the hotel's own Esprit Spa, where the finest professionals offer dozens of body and beauty treatments. In addition to this heavenly spa experience, the Isrotel Dead Sea Resort & Spa also serves up a delectable culinary experience at the acclaimed Ranch House restaurant, where meat lovers can treat themselves to a mouthwatering menu of select Nebraska meats. And that's not all: the hotel also includes an advanced fitness room, sauna, jacuzzi, rooftop solarium, and special Kiddos Club for youngsters. Guests staying on the 7th-9th floors are granted exclusive complimentary access Moav Lounge, alongside other select benefits.
Come and take a deep breath because the air is so clear and sweet. Take a deep breath because the views are simply breathtaking. But for the most part, take a deep breath because at last you are on your vacation! The guest house of Kibbutz Kalia in the north of the Dead Sea invites you now to a real country vacation. A vacation of relaxation and pampering, fresh air and open spaces, the kibbutz experience like old times. For children, with infinity lawns, stable and barn, immersion of health in the waters of the Dead Sea, tours of sites in the fascinating and wonderful desert landscapes, and a rich variety of experiences for your choice and enjoyment. Only half an hour from Jerusalem, an hour and a quarter from busy Tel Aviv, awaits you a sea of quiet, fun and excitement for our Dead Sea vacation.
The Ein Gedi Hotel was founded by our guests, not by us. Seven women from Rehovot heard of the unique Dead Sea healing properties and decided to vacation at Ein Gedi, a small outpost in a barren area with no proper road access or transportation. Every morning, one of the Kibbutz members would take them to the beach in a Command Car and they would each dig a ditch by one of the springs and sit in it until the Command Car returned to pick them up. Accounts of the wonderful and remote site spread by word of mouth, creating a growing demand for accommodations. One of the enthusiastic kibbutz members decided to take two wooden cabins from the old outpost and put them on the hill where Ein Gedi currently stands. He added a concrete structure that served as showers and toilets for all of the guests and, in essence, founded the Ein Gedi Guesthouse. A Modest Beginning The beginning was modest and simple. Accommodations were always sold for one week as the bus only stopped at the Kibbutz once a week. As each new group arrived, the staff – consisting of only four people – would board the bus, unload the luggage, and take it to the rooms. While they did this, the women of the Kibbutz would enter the vacated rooms to clean and prepare them for the new guests who, in turn, were responsible for cleaning the rooms and changing the linen on their own. There were no towels but the guests brought their own. The guests were assigned one table in the middle of the Kibbutz dining room and one of the Kibbutz members was assigned to cook special meals and serve them to the table. As the guesthouse grew, so did the need for more tables. The Kibbutz held many animated discussions on the matter, until finally deciding to build a separate dining room for the Kibbutz members. From then on, the Kibbutz members could no long enjoy the delicacies prepared for the guests. Another wooden shack was later brought from the old outpost, the old Command Car was replaced by a Studebaker, showers were installed on the beach, and convenient beach access was arranged. A large raft was placed in the water for the guests to lounge on until the Studebaker arrived to take them back to the Kibbutz. It was at this point that the Kibbutz decided to build a proper bathhouse and pools with the warm sulfur water. Every morning, the guesthouse manager would open the pump for filling the sulfur pools and, two hours later, once the pools were filled, he’d return with the guests. At the end of the day, he’d empty the pools and take the guests back to their rooms. The “Membership” Era The growing demand for Ein Gedi vacations was surprising and unexpected, making it impossible to accept new guests. The guesthouse was only able to accommodate groups of former guests who’d visit Ein Gedi twice a year on regular dates. The membership list was subject of a longstanding tradition where people would bequeath their Ein Gedi memberships to their children. The topic was even discussed on a national radio show and the guesthouse manager was asked to explain why he could not accept new guests. The guesthouse continued to grow. The wooden shacks were replaced by concrete transportable structures, an expansive lawn was planted at the center along with two small trees – less than 1m high – now two giant baobab trees. The central law became an attraction for the guests and the center of their cultural activities. Every afternoon, the guests would mix and mingle on the lawn, sing, tell stories and develop a special intimate atmosphere unique to Ein Gedi. People of different groups, locations, and cultures converged on the lawn, barefoot and in shorts, to enjoy an afternoon of singing, storytelling and conversation. Building and Expanding Over the years, the location grew and expanded as Ein Gedi becoming a local and global synonym for health, tranquility, and simplicity. Yoske Arieli, whose son was a member of the Kibbutz, contacted people in Germany and attracted groups of Germans who fell in love with Ein Gedi and visited it for decades. Many considered Ein Gedi their second home. The bonds that developed between the Israeli and German guests and between the Kibbutz members and guests were unusual, leading to a special sense of friendship and camaraderie that superseded history, cultural, and geographical barriers. The following years reflected a period of construction and expansion. The old bathhouse was deserted in 1984, replaced with the current structure of six pools, a restaurant, a sweet water pool and a large cosmetics store. The “Arugot Wing” of the guesthouse was built in 2000, with 32 spacious and designed rooms, the pool was renovated and expanded, the gardens were nurtured with love and a new structure was built for the lobby, a small shop and even a bar for evening activities, while the staff consistently grew. The site was transformed into a hotel in 2012, with the decision to add the new boutique wing. The wing currently consists of the Arugot rooms, the mini rooms and suites, the deluxe rooms and, above all, the exclusive Synergy Spa. The hotel hired a new chef, who created a menu suited to the new hotel, based on fresh and healthy foods, vegetables and a wide variety. Despite its expansion, the hotel retained its rural, intimate, and tranquil atmosphere. It currently consists of 166 rooms in one- or two-storied structures covering a large area and surrounding green gardens, giant tries like the baobab and Bengal fig and, most importantly, the unrivaled desert peace, quiet and beauty. We are waiting to see you here.