The Jewish walking tour in Paris
with Flora Goldenberg
is so refreshing and interesting !
JEWISH PARIS QUARTER
About the author : I am Léontine Cohen, I am Tour guide in Jerusalem, specialized in Jerusalem History and the the Old city.
I curate walking tours in Jerusalem, history and food tour, I also organize tours in Israel, in the desert, in Tel Aviv …
Today, I want to talk about the perfect match for a Jewish tour in Paris !
I always advised my non-Jewish friends to take this introduction tour as it is an eye-opener and a totally new and fresh way to consider the History of France.
During a classic walking tour of Paris, you will learn about the French history, you will visit the magnificent cathedrals like Notre Dame de Paris or Notre Dame de Chartres, the ancient and sumptuous palaces like the Conciergerie or Versailles and of course, the Louvre !
On Flora Goldenberg’s Jewish Tours of Paris, you will also grab the Jewish side of the story of France.
Flora Goldenberg noticed that the Jewish History is absent in the History of France.
As she comes from a Parisian Jewish Family Line ( the Goldenbergs ), she decided very young to join me on my Jewish walking tour of Paris and learn quickly about the Jewish Heritage of the city.
Did you know that the famous and celebrated king, Saint Louis, was among the worst kings of France when it came to dealing with his Jewish subject ? Did you know he ordered the burning of Talmud books in 1240 after an unfair trial that was called the “disputation of the Talmud ?
And did you know that Jews were officially kicked out of Paris in the 1300-s long before the famous expulsion of the Jews of Spain in 1492 ?
And did you discover the rich history of the Old Testament ( called the Taanakh by Jews ) in the many stained glass windows, statues, paintings, decorations of the famous French cathedrals ?( in many cases financed by the Jewish inhabitants before they were kicked out )
This is just a small part of what you learn by going on a jewish tour with Flora.
How to contact Flora Goldenberg ?
Flora Goldenberg is the perfect choice for a Jewish Tour Guide in Paris and you should contact her before your next trip to the Jewish Paris Quarter by email.
She will answer all your questions about Shabbat dinner preparation, Seder in Paris and Synagogues prayers times …
She knows everything about the Jewish Quarter of Paris !
1. Life as a Jewish Parisian Tour Guide
If you need someone who lives the Jewish Parisian Life everyday and also an excellent dynamic tour guide, then Flora Goldenberg is your perfect choice !
Flora Goldenberg is French, born in Paris, and has lived in the Jewish Quarter all her life. She is the grand-daughter of a Famous Jewish Figure in Paris : Joseph Goldenberg.
2. Flora Goldenberg is well informed and very Knowledgeable
She studied in the prestigious University of Sorbonnes Paris III.
In her own words, she can make you understand how the Jews arrived in Paris at the first time, and how they settled, how they prayed secretely during the Roman Times and where and how they struggled with the city rules, the Romans, the French and finally the Germans.
3. Flora knows very well the Jewish history
Flora Goldenberg did not learn WWII only on text books or on TV.
Like my generation, her family taught her real stories about WWII. Some members of her family have been unfortunately extremely persecuted in Paris and in Amsterdam and some of them sadly deported …
Early 1900’s : Goldenberg arrived among the immigration of the Ashkenazi jews to Paris
Paris 1945 : When the Germans occupied the streets of Paris, they organized many jewish deportation to the Nazi death camps. Many of the Goldenbergs have been deported.
Joseph Goldenberg survived the waves of deportation by hiding. His sisters did not have the same luck. His borhters joined the French Resistance and helped the Aliied and especially american Forces trap the Nazi trains.
That’s why today , we can still find some members of the Goldenberg Family moved to Montreal, Los Angeles, Miami ..
Oma Ilse, my grand mother, was born in September 1933 in Amsterdam, Holland.
Her parents Joanna Sarfaty and Jacobus Redelaar then had two other children, Erika and Walter.
Oma’s parents divorced in the very beginning of WW II, and the three young children remained with their mother, Joanna.
The two parents of Oma both remarried.
Oma’s father married a non- Jewish women, Ans Seinen in 1940.
Oma’s mother married a Jewish man, Barend Korper in 1941.
In early July 1942, Joanna, Oma’s mother was arrested and onJuly 15, 1942 she was deported in the very first transport that left Holland to Auschwitz.
In Auschwitz she perished on September 4, 1942, approximately 7 weeks after her arrival there.
After Joanna was arrested, the three small children, Oma Ilse, Erika and Walter moved in with their father and his new wife. Their father was not Jewish so they were safe for the time being.
Their stepfather, Barend Korper, went into hiding after his wife was arrested, but he was arrested towards the end of the war, in March 1944.
He was also send to Auschwitz, where he passed the gruesome selection and was put to forced labor.
Barend was shot in February 1945 during the death march.
In the last two years of the war, Oma Ilse and Erika were sent into hiding in the country side. They spent two years at a farm, with a kind family. Walter, Oma Ilse’s little brother, was blond with blue eyes, he remained with his non-Jewish father Jacobus and stepmother Ans in Amsterdam throughout the war.
After the war it became clear that all of Joanna’s family had been arrested and murdered: her bothers and sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, her parents, her aunts and uncles. The only three members of the family that had survived were Oma Ilse, her little sister and little brother.
Oma Ilse never really recovered from this dramatic chapter in her life. She married young and had three children with my grandfather, Tom, but losing her mother so young in such a terrible way left psychological scars forever.
Nevertheless Oma Ilse built up a family, she had a successful career in social work and remained very active in different aspects of life.
Today she is 86, and has 7 grand children and 5 great-grand children !
In 2019, four “Stolpersteine” ( stumble stones in German ) were placed in front of the house where Oma Ilse lived in 1942 with her siblings, her mother, her step father and the parents of her mother .
A small ceremony was organized in the presence of the family of Oma Ilse.
4. The beauty of the Jewish Quarter in Paris
Since she was very young, Flora have been celebrating all the jewish holidays with the nearby jewish stores. They loved her light and fun personality and her curiosity. They spoiled like in every jewish family with little gifts !
Now Flora is showing to the visitors from USA, Canada and Australia how pleasant is the Jewish Quarter of Paris : Le Marais !
5. How to book the Jewish Tour in Paris ?
It is very easy to book, to contact and to cancel a tour with Flora Goldenberg for the Jewish Quarter of Paris :
- Send an email to Flora Goldenberg and ask her you questions
- book the Louvre Jewish Tour after the Marais Tour
- If you want, you can share the price by joining a group tour
- If you are not jewish, please tell Flora Goldenberg in advance so she can give you a lighter version of the tour .
- If you have Kids, ask for the Jewish Quest made for kids by Flora Goldenberg
Flora Goldenberg started as a tour guide in Paris very young
At the age of 18, Flora Goldenberg knew that her passion is her city, the history, the art, the beauty of Paris !
When she went to the university, she noticed that a part of her own history is forgot : The jewish history, the success of the Jews in the French history, and also the struggle with the antisemitism is not very well understood.
That’s when Flora trained on the jewish tour, perfected the tour with her own personal history and her life in le Marais !
7. Flora and her Jewish Louvre Tour
Duration 3 hours
The tour is about the history of Israel in the Louvre : A visit of the Louvre from a curious angle.
Flora will explain the history of Israel while visiting the masterpieces of a classic Louvre tour.
You will discover the oldest ever mention of Israel, the fascinating story of the Crusader period, how and why the country was disputed by Syria and Egypt.
You will see Jerusalem through the eyes of many painters and many surprises will wait for you during this visit.
8. Flora’s Amazing Team :
Sam is very polite, friendly, safe and highly recommended for Paris transportation and day trips from Paris
Louvre Guided Tour : Emma
When I met Emma Claire, a tour guide specialized in the Louvre Tour, I was really amazed a tour guide who did the Louvre Tour for years !
Emma is very knowledgeable about the Louvre, the French History, she is very good communicator !
For a classic Louvre Tour, she is the perfect tout guide !
Flora surrounded herself by Jewish Historian trained on the jewish tour of Paris as well . She understands the needs for a Jewish tour guide to explain the jewish history
I personally always choose a Jewish Tour guide when I do a jewish tour in a city