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Paris

Suitable for Family, Group, Senior

OVERVIEW

Engage all the senses on a Jewish heritage tour of Paris.

The first documented evidence of Jews in Paris was 582, and by then the community already had a synagogue. The history since has been marked by expulsions and returns and by emancipation during the time of Napolean. Home of the famous Dreyfus Affair, several Jewish Nobel prizewinners and newer Jewish communities of North African Jews and Eastern European Jews, the city is a fascinating mix of history and community.

Get to know members of the largest Jewish community in Europe. Learn their stories and their histories as you discover the city of light through a Jewish lens.

Take a pastry class with a Jewish chef in the heart of the Jewish quarter in Paris, or see the famous Louvre through the lens of the biblical characters that mark its walls.

A Jewish trip to Paris is an opportunity to see a contemporary community and learn about the spectacular city they have developed in. It’s the chance to enjoy the city of lights and discover a history unique to Parisian Jews.

Highlights*

  • Visit the Deportation Memorial by the Seine and meet Tatiana De Rosna, an author who wrote a number of books about deportation during the Holocaust
  • Participate in a pastry class with a young Jewish young chef in the famous ‘Goldenberg’ kitchen on Rue des Rosiers, in the heart of the Jewish Quarter in Paris
  • Visit the Grand Synagogue de la Victoire and meet with the head Rabbi.
  • Private showing of the Jewish Museum of Art with the Director before opening hours
  • Walk up to Jerusalem Street to taste some of the Kosher French pastries and handmade chocolate.

*Some experiences are subject to minimum group size

Day by Day Suggested Program

Day 1
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Arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 7:45 am

Take a Jewish Walking Tour of Le Marais and meet with a member of the Jewish community who grew up in Le Marais and was a ‘hidden child’ during WWII. Afterwards, pay a visit to the Tournelles Synagogue (permit permitting) and take a break at lunch.

Visit the Deportation Memorial by the Seine and meet Tatiana De Rosna, an author who wrote a number of books about deportation during the Holocaust

Refresh for dinner

Head to a welcome dinner at Balagan, a hip and trendy Israeli restaurant near Place Vendôme. You will be accompanied by French women from different parts of the Jewish community.

Day 2
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For breakfast, participate in a pastry class with a young Jewish young chef in the famous ‘Goldenberg’ kitchen on Rue des Rosiers, in the heart of the Jewish Quarter in Paris.

Discover The Louvre through Jewish Eyes with an emphasis on Biblical Women: Esther, Batsheva and Rebecca

 

Lunch at the ‘Emily in Paris’ Bistrot Valois

Visit the Grand Synagogue de la Victoire and meet with the head Rabbi. Afterwards, visit the Nissim de Camondo Museum and Parc Monceau.

 

Free Evening

Overnight in Paris

Day 3
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Breakfast briefing by CRIF, Conseil Representative des Institutions Juives de France, the umbrella organization for Jewish France.

 

Depart for Sarcelles.

Sarcelles is a microcosm of the complexities of French/European Jewry.The City of Sarcelles has two memorial monuments: one for Yosef Cohen, one of the four victims killed in the Hypercasher terrorist attack and the other for the victims killed in the Toulouse Terrorist attack.

This visit could include a briefing with Rabbi Berros, the chief Rabbi of Sarcelles, a visit to the Otzar Hatorah Girls school with Rabbi Isvy and some of the students, a stop at the 2 memorials, and a walk up to Jerusalem Street to taste some of the Kosher French pastries and handmade chocolate.

The day ends with lunch at Café Inoun, where you will meet the Chief Executive Deputy of SPCJ (protection service for the French Jewish Community).

 

Free time in Paris for shopping

Dinner at a fine French Restaurant

Overnight in Paris

Day 4
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Private showing of the Jewish Museum of Art with the Director before opening hours followed by a visit with the chocolatier “Plaq” in Le Sentier.

Tour of Belleville, Paris with a street artist and then lunch at an authentic Parisian bistro

Finish an art filled day with a tour of Montmartre, the art area in Paris and then have Wine & Cheese with Moishe House residents.

 

Closing dinner at a Parisian restaurant.

 

Overnight in Paris

Day 5
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Breakfast at hotel and hotel checkout

 

Depart for airport

 

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