ON-LINE sessions available
NEW: ON-LINE SESSIONS
Revisiting Jewish heritage in Barcelona
and the memory of Sepharad
During the Middle Ages Jewish life flourished in Sepharad as perhaps nowhere else. Jews were integrated, in the Call of Barcelona, the juderias of Cordoba and Toledo; in the cabalistic circles of Gerona or as advisors and physicians to kings.
With the Edict of expulsion of 1492, Jews were faced with
a stark choice: leave or convert to Catholicism, and only some of these conversos
continued to practice their tradition in hiding. Although most of the
Jewish legacy was lost, one can revisit the rich culture and history while
walking the streets where Jews once lived.
Jewish life blooms in Barcelona and other cities, with celebrations of B'nei mitzvah, Shabbat and the High
Holidays, Film Festival, Hebrew study and new works
Since 1997 Urban
Cultours organizes Jewish tours in Barcelona as well
as programs focused on past and present Jewish life, and helps plan events
with authentic Jewish content for visitors from all over the world and for locals.
project adds to initiatives
our culture and tradition,
development and promotion
A live conversation can be scheduled upon request
family, friends, congregations and study groups.
On-line presentations include photos, maps and documents.
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Did you know that ....
- Jews in Barcelona also spoke Catalan?
- Barcelona was the center of Halachah
in the 13c.?
- A Rabbi developed the formula for the
- In 1401 there are no Jews in Barcelona?
Jews in Barcelona represented about 12% of the total population. They were professionals, artisans, merchants and were trusted by counts
and kings with court affairs. Though few structures are left a vast archival documentation gives information about daily life, occupations, the neighborhoods and the cemetery which dates back to the mid 9c.
- Flamenco dance shoes
- Prêt a porter wedding wear
- Milk ferments in the diet
- New form of rock music
- Photo-journalism during the Civil
- First department stores
- Innovative graphic design
Jews started arriving in Spain in the early 1900s after having been expelled
in 1492 by the Catholic Kings Isabel and Ferdinand.
They have been contributing, once again, to the development of this country, in all fields of science, industry and culture with their talents, experience and creativity.