Explore Jewish Communities around the world

Travel with us every Thursday and discover different Jewish stories

We invite you to get on our Hot Air Zoom Balloon to meet, every Thursday, Jewish guides who live around the world who will tell you first-hand the history and current activities of their communities.

When: Every Thursday
Time: See below
Duration: 60 minutes

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Every month, we will be flying to 4 countries in different regions. Join us!

MARCH: SEFARAD (SPAIN & PORTUGAL) LIVE WALKING TOURS

LISBON

MARCH 4TH

12 NOON EST

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Liliana, a Lisbon native, loves sharing the amazing story of Portugal with its rich fusion of different beliefs and traditions. Portuguese Jews were the advisors and doctors of our kings and even some of the explorers, cartographers, and mathematicians that transformed Portugal into the wealthiest nation in the world in the 16th century. The community is presently very active, even making a Portuguese film that was released last year called “Sefarad.” You will love walking the streets with Liliana on this live walking tour!

SEVILLA

MARCH 11TH

12 NOON EST

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Come and discover the most beautiful corners and the most illustrious characters of what was the most extensive Jewish quarter of the Iberian Peninsula. Rabbi Haim Casas, the first progressive rabbi born and raised in Spain, will take us on a live walking tour of Sevilla. In 1478 the Spanish Inquisition began its work in this city. The life of the city and its inhabitants changed forever, never to be the same again. The current Jewish community of Sevilla dates from the end of the 19th century and is one of the oldest in Spain after the expulsion.

GIRONA

MARCH 18TH

12 NOON EST

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Cohabitation, coexistence, convenience. We will talk about how these three words summarize the life of Girona’s Jewish community in its situation of social minority. How was their daily life? What was their cultural, political and religious life like day-to-day? How was their relationship with the Christian society, among others? Together, we will seek answers and ask ourselves new questions about Girona, city mother of Israel. Join guide Marc as we discover the Museum of Jewish History and the Jewish quarter of Girona, together.

TOLEDO

MARCH 25TH

12 NOON EST

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My name is Irene & I was born and raised in Toledo & have been working as a tour guide for the past 15 years. There are probably fewer than ten people who call themselves “Jewish”, so the lack of a present day synagogue or a Jewish community in Toledo is countered by exploring the city´s vast heritage, including one of the largest medieval Jewish quarters in Europe. Most of modern-day Spaniards know little about their Jewish ancestors and traditions, but these are still alive in our surnames, sayings, customs, recipes, and sweets (including the marzipan, the most “Toledan” dessert of all!). We will unveil all these matters on our tour. Join us!

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Please check your local time at the start of the next tour this Thursday.

Pacific Standard Time (LA): 9 AM

Mountain Standard Time (Denver): 10 AM

Central Standard Time (Chicago): 11 AM

Eastern Standard Time (New York): 12 NOON

Argentina Time: 2 PM

British Standard Time: 5 PM

Central European Time: 6 PM

Israel Standard Time: 7 PM

APRIL: AFRICA

ETHIOPIA

APRIL 8TH

4 PM EST

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My name is Naftali Aklum and I was born in Ethiopia in 1979. The following year, in 1980, my parents and I were among the first groups to make Aliya to Israel via Sudan in what later became known as “Operation Moses.” I was raised and educated in Beersheba. In the army I served as a firefighter. I recently have developed an interesting educational experience for those curious about the history, culture and traditions of Ethiopian Jewry. My objective is to enable the Ethiopian community in the Negev and in Israel in general, to share its unique narrative and cultural treasures with others. I also was asked to be a consultant for the Hollywood movie “The Red Sea Diving Resort” that sold to Netflix.

SOUTH AFRICA

APRIL 15TH

4 PM EST

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Craig Nudelman is originally from Johannesburg, but after meeting his now wife at Limmud in the UK in 2011, he followed her to Cape Town, where he’s been living for 8 years. The Cape Town Jewish community has been thriving since 1841, when the community was formed on Erev Yom Kippur. Jews have always been part of the activist community in South Africa. From the beginning of Communism in the early 20th century to being major players in the struggle against apartheid, and being social entrepreneurs for social justice for all peoples in South Africa. See you in April!

UGANDA

APRIL 22ND

4 PM EST

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Sarah Nabagala is originally from the Abayudaya community in Uganda but is presently living in Israel where she is doing a Master of Educational Leadership and Arts in Jewish Learning at Hebrew Union College. The Abayudaya community was founded 100 years ago by a tribal chief who, together with many of his followers adopted Judaism in 1919. Currently, there are nine synagogues in different Ugandan villages and three Jewish schools. One of the unique things about the community is how the Abayudaya are mostly subsistence farmers & have maintained their Jewish identity among their Muslim and Christian neighbors. She will also tell us about the diverse cultures and languages within the community, and the intersection of Jewish and Ugandan traditions, community formal and Jewish education, and her personal journey and experiences living in Israel.

SPANISH MOROCCO

APRIL 29TH

4 PM EST

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My name is Asher Bentolila and I am proud descendant of a Jewish family from North Africa (Spanish Morocco) and actually originally… from pre-expulsion Spain. I was born in the city of Ceuta, and educated in the bosom of a small Sephardic Jewish Community, I then studied for my degree in Mainland Spain (Malaga) as a computer engineer, but as life is life, I found myself working as a Jewish tour guide in the cities of Toledo and Segovia. Now I have gone back to my roots in CEUTA. I will be delighted to share with all of you the many features about this incredible city. A melting pot of cultures where Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus coexist in a climate of harmony around a very particular socio-economic situation.

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INDONESIA

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CHINA

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TAIWAN

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SOUTH KOREA

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CHILE

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BRAZIL

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URUGUAY

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Cost Sessions Save
Individual Session 18 € 1
Monthly Series 54 € 4 25%
Complete Package 108 € 12 50%

If you join us from the US, your credit card will convert the amount into USD automatically.
Approximately 18 euros equals 22 USD, 54 euros equals 66 USD and 108 euros equals 132 USD.

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