Embark on a unique cultural journey as you explore Izmir’s Jewish heritage. This exclusive tour takes you to six different synagogues in the city, each of which has significant historical value. Originally owned by the Jewish community, these sites are now accessible through the completion of the necessary documentation, expertly handled by our agency.
During the tour, your knowledgeable guide will delve into the fascinating history of the Jewish people in Izmir, a history that dates to the 16th century. Discover the intricate architecture of these synagogues and hear captivating stories of momentous events that took place within their walls.
This experience offers a profound insight into Izmir’s Jewish heritage and a deeper understanding of the city’s cultural tapestry. Please note that the Izmir Jewish Community Centre may require your passport details and our agency will assist you with any necessary arrangements. Get ready to explore the rich history and architectural wonders of Izmir’s synagogues and immerse yourself in a cultural adventure like no other.
We will start our tour from Bikur Holim Synagogue. There are lots of new parochets that can be seen in this Synagogue. Also, Temple Menorah (seven-branched candelabrum) and Hanukkah Menorah (nine-branched candelabrum) are located there especially from the 18th of November to the 26th of November along the Hanukkah.
As a meaning, it's a Life of Tree. There are some Byzantine Empire orders can be dates to that period. Hanukkah Menorah is in here. Because of the fire, this synagogue was also damaged but it was "saved" just before the roof fall. Now it's restarted, some of the "memories" from the fire can be seen.
Dutch Jewish woman gives the name of this synagogue. According to the stories, the woman called as Donna Gracia or La Signora was the foundation of this synagogue. Like all other synagogues, was damaged by the fire several times in 16th and 17th centuries. Thanks to the Moiz Bengiat Yerushalmi was rebuilt again.
The other name is El Kal de la Tromba Synagogue. Joseph Escaba, religious leader of the Jewish Community in Izmir, made the first organization in here. In 1841, here was the only church that wasn't damaged by the fire, there is a signboard at the entrance your guide will mention it. After that, we will use TRAM to go to the next one. While we're walking to the station, you can take your "Boyoz" which is a unique food belonging to the Sephardic Jewish people.
We will reach this synagogue by TRAM. We will hop off at Karataş Station and there is just a little bit distance to walk. After that, you will see central planned Synagogue, The whole building is single layered with a wooden roof.
Bet Israel is the biggest synagogue in Izmir. Synagogue was opened to visit in 1907 but all those decorations finished in around 1950's. According to the stories wooden carvings were made by the Italian artists. Now, that sanctuary is using for extraordinary events.
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