This inviting Judaica shop is located in the Venician Jewish ghetto and sells a variety of Jewish decor made in Venice. Their store is filled with silver, Murano glass, crystal, mosaics, and bronze pieces from mezuzot and menorahs to Shabbat candles and Hebrew-emroidered cloth. Arte Ebracio Shalom also creates and sells a variety of unique pieces for shops, museums, and synagogues.
The “Nazionale” hotel, is a typical historic XVth century building, situated in the medieval heart of Ferrara, just few steps away from the magnificent Romanesque XIIth century cathedral and of the Estense Castle, in the heart of the artistic and cultural town centre. Completely refurbished, the hotel has been meticulously and carefully reconstructed and furnished with fine materials and fabrics. As a result, each room is characterized by its strong personality: clean lines and surfaces, warm and elegant colors that blend together to give the feeling of warm and friendly atmosphere. Staying in “Nazionale” Hotel, will make you feel like living in a harmonious environment, enriched with precious details, where history and modernity merge together in one environmental solution, giving the right balance between comfort and design.
Immersed in the historic center of the Jewish Ghetto, one can dine at the Balebúste Osteria that builds creativity in recipes without forgetting tradition, good wine and a familiar atmosphere
Born 1962 in Caltagirone/Sicily, daughter to a German speaking Swiss mother and a Sicilian father, I spent my childhood and youth mainly in Sicily, South Tyrol, and Switzerland. Very early I got in touch with the fascinating world of foreign languages and tourism. After spending long periods of time abroad – in Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, Spain and France – for study and work purposes and after getting a University degree in Modern Languages at Verona University, I gained work experience in different industries: foreign trade, manufacturing industry, education, tourism. Music, Photography, Architecture, Crafts, Food & Wine have ever since been among my main interests. I now work in tourism, a very dynamic, exciting and demanding environment, which constantly offers me new challenges and opportunities. Since 1997 I have been working as a freelance official tour guide in Ferrara and its Province, and as an official tour leader since 2000.
Ferrara is rich with a Jewish history that dates back to the middle ages. Visitors can appreciate the countless landmarks that pay tribute to this heritage firsthand. The Ghetto area has remained intact both in look and layout throughout various restorations and is now a pedestrian area complete with historical markers and boutiques. The area where the Jewish population once lived has never lost the commercial character it had since its inception and remains a pleasant place to meet up, look around, learn, and shop. The Historic Community Building in Ferrara was built as early as 1481 (and possibly earlier) and is another important stop on this Jewish itinerary. It was the site of the city's first synagogue, at 95 Via Mazzini. The building currently houses synagogues, community offices, a prayer room, and a museum which narrates the cycle of life, houses historically significant objects like the keys to the ghetto, as well as sacred objects. Most importantly, the museum tells the story of the community from the establishment of the ghetto, through the French occupation, to the unification of Italy, and celebrates the Jewish contribution to literature. The city's Addizione Erculea Jewish cemetery goes back to the 15th century and is the final resting place for writer Giorgio Bassani.
Celebrating the cultural legacy of the city of Izmir and the Sephardic community, which since the 16th century has been an important component of the ethnic mosaic of today’s Konak district area. There will be interesting tours, talks, film screenings, concerts and more during the festival.
The Jewish community of France is the third largest in the world with over 500,000 citizens. The team at European Jewish Heritage Tours prides itself on showing explaining the rich cultural and religious heritage of French Jews through the country’s cities and regions, synagogues and monuments, artists and public figures all of which reveal how Jewish life has developed in France since the Middle Ages. For centuries France has been an important center of European Jewish life and scholarship; the cities of Paris, Troyes, Avignon, Colmar, and Narbonne were known throughout the Christian and Jewish worlds for their rabbis and interpreters of the Torah and the Talmud. In the company of European Jewish Heritage Tours, you will discover the places where these luminaries made their mark, and walk in the footsteps of such renowned figures in the arts and industry, including Sarah Bernhardt, Jacques Offenbach, Marcel Proust, Marc Chagall, Camille Pissarro, André Citroën, James de Rothschild, and Amadeo Modigliani. You will also learn about the celebrated Jewish families who financed the reconstruction of Paris in the 19th century and who played a significant role in the Industrial Revolution and in social legislation such as paid vacations and the 40-hour work week. Today, France’s President has clearly stated that he is “a friend of Israel” and has encouraged Holocaust studies in the French public school system. In addition, the French government is actively working to secure synagogues and other Jewish sites, and is working to establish other educational programs to combat anti-Semitism. These are just some of the multiple signs that Jewish citizens and their interests are being given new consideration and respect in France today. One of history’s greatest Torah and Talmud commentators, Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac, known by the acronym Rashi (1040-1105), was born, lived, and taught here. During the First Crusade, Rashi was forced to flee anti-Jewish riots. He returned to Worms, Germany, where he had first studied. He remained there until his death. Rashi’s grandson, the noted Jewish scholar known as Rabbenu Tam (1100-1171) also taught in Troyes and attracted students from all over Europe. Historians believe that the St-Frobert quarter was the Jewish quarter. Nothing remains of the medieval Jewish community that, although very small in size, made a huge contribution to Judaism This tour, which includes many of the timbered houses of Medieval Troyes, also includes the Synagogue of Troyes, located in an historic section of town, a replica of one from Rashi’s time. Begun in 1982, it was dedicated in 1987. This year, you will also discover a special exhibit on Rashi’s era at the European Institute dedicated to the studies of the celebrated Jewish sage. (Group tours can be arranged through European Jewish Heritage Tours). A day out to Troyes can be combined with a kosher champagne wine tasting near Reims.
ARCHI RASHI - The discovering of “Rashi” through local architecture as a guided tour in Troyes city center. CulturistiQ invites you to an original architectural discovery of the alleys of Troyes. Throughout the course, we will delve into the description made by Rashi and his disciples through their comments in the Bible and the Talmud, to discover, beyond the architecture, techniques and tools of Champagne of the Middle Ages and traditions of Judaism. RASHI & THE GARDEN OF EDEN - Guided tour in partnership with Maximilien Maire, nature guide. CulturistiQ and Maximilien Nature Guide invite you to explore the gardens and undergrowth of the Viennes path in Troyes. Throughout this stroll, we will delve into the commentaries of Rashi in the Bible and the Talmud, to discover the vegetation and the place of nature in medieval daily life and in the customs and traditions of Judaism. A TRIP INTO CHAMPAGNE WINERY WITH RASHI – A meeting experience with Champagne House Barrat-Masson CulturistiQ and La Maison de Champagne Barrat-Masson invite you to discover the vineyards, cellars, techniques and the wine of Champagne in Villenauxe-La-Grande. Throughout this meeting, we will delve into the commentaries of Rashi in the Bible and the Talmud, to understand beyond the wine and the vineyard of Champagne, the place of wine in the Middle Ages and the customs and traditions of Judaism. BEES, HONEY AND HONEYCOMBS WITH RASHI – A meeting experience with beekeepers CulturistiQ and Le Rucher Barbotte invite you to discover the techniques of beekeeping and honey from Nesle-la-Reposte. Throughout this meeting, we will delve into the commentaries of Rashi in the Bible and the Talmud, to understand beyond honey and bees, the place of honey in the Middle Ages and the customs and traditions of Judaism. STUDIES IN MEDIEVAL TIMES, RASHI & BERNARD DE CLAIRVAUX – a meeting day in partnership with CulturistiQ and the Association Renaissance de l'Abbaye de Clairvaux. Both welcome you to the Hostellerie des Dames to discover the great Champagne figures of medieval times and their relationships through the study of sacred texts. A dive around the book and the written, the thought and the spirit, to illuminate the intellectual encounters and exchanges between Jews and Christians.
Emblematic of restaurants that know how to resist time and fashions, L’Alhambra has been part of the Aube culinary panorama for 54 years with oriental cuisine that is a delight in the heart of Troyes. Come and taste our authentic Couscous and Tajines specialties. Our long-standing bestseller: lamb kebab couscous. The semolina is prepared in olive oil, the vegetables exude freshness and the choice of meat is uncompromising. All our products are fresh, this goes for our couscous as well as for our two tagines and our Algerian salads, well appreciated on the terrace in summer. As for our oriental pastries, they are homemade. We also offer vegan dishes, like our couscous-vegetables, with chickpeas and harissa as a bonus.
Come and taste Champagne specialties such as andouillette 5A at the restaurant La Fille du Potager in the historic city center of Troyes. We welcome you in a typical Champagne setting with 2 rooms upstairs. We can receive you in groups of 10 to 45 people.
Restaurant, Brasserie, Bar, Terrace and Club in the cellar in Troyes - Home cooking and pastry, fresh, local and seasonal products - Cocktails and Champagne Wines - Maître Restaurateur since 2013
We are happy to welcome you to our charming 19th century Guesthouse situated in the heart of the city of Troyes in the Champagne-Ardenne region, which is only 2h from Paris. After two years refurbishment, our house which was constructed and inhabited by the historian Albert Babeau, has now today been completely restored. It offers a modern decor while keeping its historian character and the authenticity of this beautiful house. Comfortably installed in one of our 5 spacious and charming rooms, we offer your stay under the sign of relaxation and discovery of the French « Art de vivre ».
The Rashi Memorial created by the sculptor Raymond Moretti was inaugurated in 1990, 950th anniversary of Rashi’s birth, on the occasion of the opening of the Rashi University Institute. This large sphere, 2.20m in diameter by 2.80m in height, faces the Champagne theater, close to the former Jewish cemetery where Rashi was buried. The monument rests on a hexagonal granite plinth which represents France. This black and white sculpture symbolises contrasts and presents in cutout, the acronym of Rashi. It was officially unveiled by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel.
Troyes Tourism Office tour takes you to Saint Frobert district, the Old Jewish quarter of Troyes. It gathers the streets St Frobert, Hennequin, du Paon, Audiffred, Cordeliers, Boucherat. The rue Saint-Frobert and the current district are named after the old church which is said to have been built on the site of a synagogue where Rashi is said to have taught. The rue du Paon probably housed his home. In the Middle Ages, the neighbourhood was known as the “Broce aux Juifs” which referred to the brushwood in the area, situated close to the countryside. In the 11th century, this area was home to several jewish families including Rachi. The Jewish community of Troyes was able to develop thanks to the protection granted to them by the counts of Champagne from the 11televenth to the 13th century between the reign of Thibault II and Thibault IV. If Jewish families gathered in this neighborhood nothing distinguished them from the rest of the population. It was not until 1215 that the Church forced them to wear a distinctive sign on their clothes in the form of a piece of yellow cloth called a wheel (Rouelle). Rashi died at age 65 on July 13, 1105. Buried in Troyes with full honours in the former jewish cemetery, situated in the area of Moretti's sculpture, outside the walls of the medieval city, next to the Porte de la Girouarde today disapeared (located at the time at the crossroads of Quai Dampierre and Rue de la Cité). The cemetery was demolished in the 16th century to enlarge the city and his grave disapeared.
Saint Frobert is the Old Jewish quarter of Troyes. It gathers the streets St Frobert, Hennequin, du Paon, Audiffred, Cordeliers, Boucherat. The rue Saint-Frobert and the current district are named after the old church which is said to have been built on the site of a synagogue where Rashi is said to have taught. The rue du Paon probably housed his home. In the Middle Ages, the neighbourhood was known as the “Broce aux Juifs” which referred to the brushwood in the area, situated close to the countryside. In the 11th century, this area was home to several jewish families including Rachi. The Jewish community of Troyes was able to develop thanks to the protection granted to them by the counts of Champagne from the 11televenth to the 13th century between the reign of Thibault II and Thibault IV. If Jewish families gathered in this neighborhood nothing distinguished them from the rest of the population. It was not until 1215 that the Church forced them to wear a distinctive sign on their clothes in the form of a piece of yellow cloth called a wheel (Rouelle). Rashi died at age 65 on July 13, 1105. Buried in Troyes with full honours in the former jewish cemetery, situated in the area of Moretti's sculpture, outside the walls of the medieval city, next to the Porte de la Girouarde today disapeared (located at the time at the crossroads of Quai Dampierre and Rue de la Cité). The cemetery was demolished in the 16th century to enlarge the city and his grave disapeared.
In 2016, an extraordinary project was born, hosted in the Troyes Synagogue: providing a “house” for Rashi in his native town, set inside a typical 17th-century Champagne-style background. After four years of work, the results of the synagogue’s restoration are exceptional: visitors are invited to pray under the splendid glass roof of the sanctuary, wander amidst a 2000-square-meter labyrinth of courtyards, halls and cellars and learn about the adventure of this reconstruction. The synagogue of Troyes also invites visitors to immerse themselves in Rashi’s universe, through an ambitious exhibition titled “Rashi’s House”, in which visitors can discover Rashi and his work, thanks to an immersive and innovative digital scenography. This exhibition shares the story of Rashi and his disciples, who were able to transmit the soul of French Judaism far beyond the borders of the Champagne area, influencing rabbinical literature far beyond the 13th century, end of the Tossafists era in Champagne. A recreated oratory and bet hamidrash (study hall) immerse visitors in the medieval Troyes of Rashi. Visitors are also invited to study Rashi’s commentaries on digital devices, creating an innovative interactive experience.