Revisiting Jewish Spain
and the memory of Sepharad
During the Middle Ages Jewish life flourished in Sepharad as perhaps nowhere else. Jews were totally integrated, in the Call of Barcelona or 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. 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.
Once again, Jewish life blooms in Barcelona, Valencia or Madrid, with celebrations of Bar and B'nei mitzvah, Shabbat and the High Holidays, Klezmer dancing or Ladino music, Hebrew study and new works of art.
In Barcelona and Catalonia, since 1997, Urban Cultours organizes programs and tours focused on past and present Jewish life and helps plan events with a Jewish accent for visitors from all over the world.