Half Day Morning Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul

Karakoy – Fener – Balat

Except for Saturday and Sunday !!!!

  • Advance Reservation is Required !!!
  • A photocopy of Your Passport Picture page is Needed in Advance for Visit Permits.
  • Passports Required for Security During the Tour.
  • The times are Given by the Rabbinate & Times Can Change According to Them.
Up to 4 People or More People Please Whatsapp US +905337385862  to get the exact price !!!!

Synagogue Visits In Istanbul

The Jewish community has lived in the geographic area of Asia Minor for more than 2,400 years. In the later Middle Ages, Ashkenazi Jews migrating to the Byzantine Empire and Ottoman Empire supplemented the original Jewish population of Asia Minor. At the end of the 15th century, a large number of Sephardic Jews fleeing persecution in Spain and Portugal settled in Asia Minor on the invitation of the Ottoman Empire.

Despite emigration during the 20th century, modern-day Turkey continues to have a Jewish population. The present size of the Jewish Community is estimated at around 26,000 according to the Jewish Virtual Library. The vast majority live in Istanbul, with a community of about 2,500 in İzmir and other smaller groups located in the rest of Turkey.

Sephardic Jews make up approximately 96% of Turkey’s Jewish population, while the rest are primarily Ashkenazic. Turkish Jews are still legally represented by the Hahambasi, the Chief Rabbi. Rav Izak Haleva is assisted by a religious Council of a Rosh Bet Din and three Hahamim. Thirty-five Lay Counselors look after the secular affairs of the Community. An Executive Committee of fourteen, the president of which must be elected from among the Lay Counselors, runs the daily affairs.

The Ashkenazi Synagogue ;
Located near the Galata Tower, it is the only active Ashkenazi Synagogue open to visits and prayers. Founded by Ashkenazim of Austrian origin in 1900, it is the last remaining synagogue among a total of three built by Ashkenazim. Visits con be made during weekday mornings and for Shabbat services on Saturday mornings.

The Ahrida Synagogue ;
Located in Balat near the Golden Horn, built by Jews of Ohri (Macedonia) more than 550 years ago and recently renovated during the Quincentennial Celebrations in 1992, the Ahrida Synagogue is known foremost by its boat-shaped bimah. It can only be visited during weekday mornings.

Half-Day Morning Synagogue Visits in Istanbul

08: 30 Am Pick up from the Hotel or from AIRBNB Apartment or from the Cruise Port.
09: 00 Am Ashkenazi Synagogue for Morning Service
09: 20 Am Galata Quarter Visit and Kamondo Steps
09: 50 Am Balat Jewish Quarter Walking Tour
10: 10 Am Ahrida Synagogue ( The Oldest Synagogue in Istanbul )
10 : 20 Am Yanbol Synagogue
10: 30 Am Tea / Coffee Break in a Local Patisserie in Balat Area
11: 00 Am Jewish Museum in Galata Area
12: 15 Pm Local Markets or Spice Bazaar Visit
13: 30 Pm End of the Tour and Return Back to the hotel or cruise ship

Half-Day Morning Synagogue Visits in Istanbul
Starting at 08:30 Am Ends 13:00 Pm

  • This is a Private Half Day Tour Available All Year Long !!!
  • Included Entrance Fees and Donations for all the Synagogues and Sites
  • Tour Includes Private Transportation & Guidance Service in English.
  • Early Reservation is Required.
  • Special Authorisation is Required From the Rabbinate.
  • Upon Request, Kosher Food can be supplied.
  • Prices are Based on the Same Friends or Families.
  • In Mix Groups Separate Tour Prices Are Valid..
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  • Ps: Jewish Guide Request is Extra ( 175 USD !!! Not Per Person )
  • Sunday tour can be arranged by UPON Request !!!

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