Jewish Heritage Tour of Rhodes

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Learn about Rhodes' Jewish heritage, starting with a walking tour of Europe's best-preserved Jewish cemetery. Your guide will share the island's Jewish history and highlight important figures throughout the centuries. Then, you'll head into Rhodes Town's Jewish Quarter

After passing through the medieval city gates, you'll explore La Juderia, the Jewish Quarter, and make your way toward Al Chatef Street. Named after a family that once lived in Rhodes, the street will take you to the Kahal Shalom, the oldest synagogue in Greece. Unlike most typical Sephardic Synagogues, the Kahal Shalom has two hekhals (Torah arks) on either side of the door that leads to its courtyard.

Next, visit the Rhodes Jewish Museum and view its expansive collection of historical artwork. Your guide will take you to the 800-year-old Torah, claimed by historians as one of the world's oldest. Sephardic Jewish refugees from Spain and Portugal brought the ancient book to Rhodes.

Other tour highlights include the famous Sea Horse Fountain in the Square of the Jewish Martyrs, plus a visit to the Holocaust Memorial for the Jewish victims of Cos and Rhodes killed in concentration camps. In multiple languages, the memorial reads, “Never forget. In eternal memory of the 1,604 Jewish Martyrs of Rhodes and Cos who were murdered in Nazi death camps.”

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