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Jewish Tours Paris 2020

More than 2000 Years of Jewish Heritage in Paris ready to be discovered with Jewish Tour Guide

About Flora Goldenberg

My name is Flora Goldenberg and I am a Professional Tour Guide in Paris, Licensed by the State

I am 30 year old, born and raised in Paris.

I grew up in Le Marais neighborhood, in the heart of the Jewish quarter of Paris, in a Parisian Jewish family.

I feel very close to my Jewish origins and history. So I decided to reveal the amazing Jewish Heritage of my Paris and France, through the Jewish sites and historical landmarks, the beautiful architecture and cute shops in le Marais.

I started touring with my mother at the age of 22, and I really enjoy my job as I have the chance to meet very interesting people and share my knowledge and my experiences with them during my various Jewish walking tours of Paris.

I keep myself informed about what is happening in Paris, and in the World, to talk about the actual Jewish situation. I teach children ( from 6 to 18 ) in the memorial about the Shoah and discuss my own personal experiences as a Jewish guide in Paris with my curious visitors.

I organize visits inside the beautiful little synagogues of my neighborhood thanks to the help of my community.

I will make sure to tell you first hand stories that you would never find in a travel guide book !

See my tours and ideas for your stay in Paris on this link. I am also curating family friendly tours in Paris. You can see my tours for Paris with kids and teenagers on this link.


Contact

Flora.Goldenberg@gmail.com

Tel :  +33787082577

I accept Whatsapp texts or calls  : 9 am to 10 pm  ( Paris Time )


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Private Tour Guide – Flora Goldenberg

1. More about me :

After 5 years studying history and art at the Sorbonne University, I decided to become a guide in Paris. Why? Many reasons pulled me to do this amazing job :

The city of Paris is very beautiful, it is my passion and I couldn’t think of a better way to reveal everything that Paris can offer than being a tour guide !

I must confess that my mother, Léontine Cohen, who was a tour guide in Paris for 25 years, gave me the pleasure of sharing and exchanging my knowledge with others, trained me to be a good tour guide in Paris, to be humble and listen, she transmitted to me the importance of sustaining the memory.

My origins are very important to me, and this is why I wanted to specialize in Jewish Heritage Tours in Paris.

I went to the Sorbonne University to study History and Art, and it was a surprise for me, that there was lots of history lessons about Europe, France and other cultures, but not enough material about the Jewish history of France.

So I made it my everyday mission to learn deeply about the history of Jews in France, the origins, read about the facts, check the stories, attend expo in museums, stay up to date and fetch for physical evidence in the Louvre, so I can make sense of all the complexity.

From the kingdom of Israel, the first settlers in Paris, the Roman Empire, the hidden synagogues, the architecture, the Art, the notorious families, the donations to the Louvre … You will discover everything you need to know, so, please : fire away all your questions during your tour !

I love to share freely my opinions and enjoy a debate about the actual Jewish situation in France.

For your stay in Paris : I will give only but good advice that you would need during your stay in Paris, to help you with your family needs , or to find a hotel or a Kosher restaurant, think of surprises and romantic ideas for your partner … as well as any other orientation questions that you have about Paris and the Jewish Paris Life. Ask me anything by email !

When I travel, I always look for new Jewish tours ( I can say I am a “Jewish Tour Addict”), even in far places from Israel, like Brazil with the Rio Jewish Tour or Tunisia with the Miraculous Synagogue of Ghriba and of course in more usual towns like Amsterdam, Rome, Venice, Jerusalem … I found great Jewish tours everywhere ! I must confess, my list is still short… but I am counting on exploring the Jewish heritage of every city I visit !

Many of my guests told me about the cities they visited and I am really interested in hearing about yours, if you like Jewish tours as well.

You can share your experience and travel ideas with me, or if you want a recommendation of a tour guides in these cities I have been visiting.


2. My Education & Expertise :

2011 – Obtained my Licence to guide as “Guide Conférencière” by the state

  • 5 Years : Master in Art & History at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III
  • 1 Year : Special Training for the Tour Guide Licence ( the card allows me to guide you in the Louvre )
  • 8 Years experience as a private tour guide in Paris with several International agencies ( Louvre, Versailles, Walking tours in Montmartre , Latin Quarter Tour … )

2014 : Started in the Holocaust Memorial of Paris and the Drancy Memorial

  • 5 Years with the Holocaust Memorial :
    • Participated in workshops about the Shoah history,
    • I provided Tours for kids, Teenagers, Family groups,
    • I attended the Shoah survivors testimonies, expositions, main political events like the inauguration of the Wall of Names .

Flora Tour Guide Paris Specialized in Jewish Tours in Paris

Flora Tour Guide Paris – Specialized in Jewish Tours in Paris – Documents of the Shoah in Amsterdam

3. My Quality Assurance & personal Services :

  • First, I check for you the booking dates, in order to avoid last minute surprises !
    • We will avoid the Jewish holidays and Shabbats for the walking tours in Le Marais because during the Jewish holidays, most of the stores and synagogues are closed for the public. Some of them are open for prayers though. Please, check with me by email.
    • I check if the museums are open when you come to Paris before your confirmation
    • It is better to tell me in advance your special requests ( Only possible for Private Tours ) 
      • If you are not jewish and you need a simplified jewish tour to introduce you to the jewish culture, please let me know 🙂
      • For jewish visitors : you can ask for the Prayer time, the private access, the organization of the Seder  … 
      • For special Diets : Glatt Kosher, Gluten, allergies …
      • Your pace : long walks, back pain, mobility …
    • I also tour with families with children, so please ask me in advance to prepare your tour with questions to interact with kids and teenagers, depending on their ages
      • Booklets, treasure hunts and little surprise gifts are on the program
    • For couples, I can help organize special romantic trip outside of Paris, in my favorite hotels, depending on the season and the budget.
      • These trips are very comfortable : the driver is a professional, he has a Mercedes Van and will pick you up at the hotel and stay at your disposal for the whole day. However, the budget for these trips are above average, if you go with the private driver. So ask me by email for a customized plan.
      • I can buy train tickets because in France using the train is very safe and reduce the cost. You can go literally everywhere with the train network of France
  • I help with :
    • Airport Pick-ups, Day trips from Paris, ideas for itineraries …
    • Answers questions about Kosher Restaurants, Glatt Kosher, Shabbat, or any recommendation for your stay in Paris
    • planning a tour with a trusted great jewish tour guides
    • Organize round tables with a jewish tour guide and historian
  • I have a Licence to guide as a Guide Conférencière in France (All Paris Region Normandie, Champagne …)
    • The tours are highly regulated by the state of France
    • Guides must have a licence to guide in the museums and in the Chateau de Versailles so please check with your guide this information before booking
  • In all my tours, I make sure to share happily with you my knowledge and my interests about the fascinating Jewish Heritage in Paris

Don’t hesitate to ask : available on whatsapp : + 33 6 16 30 47 35 or email : Flora.Goldenberg@gmail.com

Flora Goldenberg Jewish Tours in Paris

Flora Goldenberg – Tour Guide –  Jewish Tours in Paris


Some of my Reviews


4. The Goldenberg Family

History of a Jewish French family in Paris 

My grandfather, Joe Goldenberg, opened the famous Goldenberg restaurant long before the beginning of the World War II.

He opened a restaurant, that finally became a meeting place for the Holocaust survivors and the former resistance fighters after the war.

1900’s : Many of eastern European Jews arrived during the 19th century.

1939 :  Nazi Germany attacked Poland and Paris started preparing for the War. The french jews started to worry about the situation.

But the war seemed far away until May 10, 1940, when the Germans attacked France and quickly defeated the French army. This sudden attack is also know as the BlitzKrieg.

Germans occupied the city on June 14.

1940’s : The jews in Paris (and in all France) became the focus of Nazi round-ups during the occupation of Paris in the second world war.

My grandfather survived the waves of deportations that hit Paris at that time.

He escaped the horrors of the German occupation.

Unfortunately his sisters did not get the same luck as more than the half of the local Jewish community died in concentration camps.

Read more here .

The uprising against the Germans in Paris began on August 19, 1944, with the takeover of the police headquarters and other government buildings.

1944 : German control over Paris was already breaking down.

About 2,000 Parisians were killed in the liberation of their city, along with about 800 Resistance fighters and policemen, and over 100 soldiers from the Free France and U.S. forces.

A lot of the neighborhood merchants told that the Goldenberg restaurant gave life back to Rue des Rosiers, and it became an attraction for tourist coming to visit from USA and Canada and gave a very pleasant Jewish atmosphere at night !

A visitor from Chicago, during one of my the jewish tours of Le Marais, told me that he remembers my grandfather and his restaurant and even his dog !

1970 : A symbol of revival

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The Goldenberg Restaurant at the Pletzl Paris

The beautiful yellow facade will never change as it is considered as a Jewish landmark of the city.

In 2019, I found some few postcard with the pictures of the restaurant that we can see in the jewish boutiques of Rue des Rosiers.

Here is a picture of Joseph Goldenberg in front of the Restaurant Goldenberg

Joe Goldenberg - Rare picture of him in front of the Restaurant Goldenberg

1982 : After a raging War in the middle east, the restaurant was targeted in a grenade and gun attack in which six people were killed and 22 injured.

I believe that the attack was a retaliation after a war in the middle east.

Read more

Today, Le Marais and especially the Jewish neighborhood is the safest place in Paris.

Few years after the attack, Joe packed up the business but his namesake lives on as an emblem of Jewish heritage here in the “Pletzl”, which yiddish for “Little Place”.

Read more on the identity crisis of the jewish neighborhood

2020 : The jewish neighborhood of Paris actually regained his Jewish Identity and lots of new jewish stores, jewish food restaurants are opening everywhere in Paris and not only in le Marais. 

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Flora Goldenberg in front of the Goldenberg Restaurant

 

Commemorative plate about  the Goldenberg’s Restaurant Attacks : Translation :

Translation in English : Commemorative Plaque about Goldenberg’s Restaurant Attacks ” Anti Semite Terrorist Attack, August 9th 1982, in the restaurant Goldenberg a Gun Shootout erupted with a Grenade Explosion that Killed 6 people and injured 22 . in the Memory of :Mohamed Benemmon André Hezkia Niego Grace Cuter Anne Van Zanien Denise Guerche Rossignol Georges Demeter , Victims of Terrorism ” 


5. My Mother Léontine was a Tour guide in Paris for 25 years

My mother’s family is Dutch.

They also have a long history in Amsterdam.

My grandparents from my mother’s side are Dutch.

My Grand Mother Documents

My grandmother’s rare original documents during the Shoah

All my grandparents gave their testimonies to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

My cousins wrote a book about our grandparents, the genealogy, the holocaust stories from the horrors of the hunt, the police corruption, the occupation of Amsterdam … It is amazing the things we learn from our family history, and how much it is still applicable to our today’s lives !

My mother Léontine decided to follow her dream became a State licensed tour guide in Jerusalem :

My mother is a professional guide who inspired me into designing the Jewish tour in Paris, since I was 22.

She is a great guide and mentor.

She is born Dutch, originally from Amsterdam and lived in Paris since the 80s.

I became a professional tour guide with license at a young age thanks to her advice and her “guidance”. My mother cares a lot about the Jewish diaspora, the Shoah and the Jewish Life, everywhere.

 Some pictures of Léontine during her grouped jewish walking tour in Paris ( in Summer 2018 ) :

Léontine Cohen - Tour guide for the Jewish Tour in Paris

Léontine Cohen – Tour guide for the Jewish Tour in Paris – 2018

Léontine Cohen - during a Jewish Tour in Paris

Léontine Cohen – during a Jewish Tour in Paris – Shoah Memorial 2018


My uncle is a tour guide in Amsterdam :

A Jewish tour with my uncle (Pauka Tours) includes the Jewish Cultural Quarter, Anne Frank`s residential neighborhood, Anne Frank House , Contemporary Jewish Buitenveldert ...

A Jewish tour with my uncle (Pauka Tours) includes the Jewish Cultural Quarter, Anne Frank`s residential neighborhood, Anne Frank House , Contemporary Jewish Buitenveldert …

You can visit his website to learn more about him and his tour in Amsterdam https://paukatours.com/tours/1-walking-tours-in-amsterdam


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Flora is very understanding in case of a cancellation. She refunded the money very fast with a very polite note. Actually, she is very flexible, working with Flora is always easy, she is a very good communicator and answers her emails fast, she is punctual, her tours are very well designed, our clients love her, her quality and professionalism are outstanding, thank you Flora and good luck and good patience during this year 🙂
Souheil Ben Slimane
Souheil Ben Slimane
Flora Goldenberg answered her email very fast with a lot of professionalism. She specialized in the Jewish walking tour of Paris. She has deep knowledge of her subject and she showed a lot of passion in her grouped tour . It was also amazing to meet people on the tour . Thank you again Flora
Eliav Maayan
Eliav Maayan
Flora answered all our questions very quickly by email. She booked us for the small group tour of le Marais. We shared the experience with 2 other visitors and it felt like a private tour with a real Jewish French guide. We learned a lot about the jewish life in Paris and the jews of France in general. Le Marais has a lot of charm and Flora made it more alive ! thank you again for taking good care of us 😉 It was the highlights of our stay!
Allison Kobasky
Allison Kobasky
I am the owner of a luxury travel agency and it’s one of my greatest missions to find the absolute best tour guides in each city. I feel SO lucky to have discovered Flora - what a gem. From the very first email, I knew Flora would be the perfect fit: she is prompt with her replies, creative in the construction of tours, speaks flawless English and her prices are fair. I love that she is such an accomplished, certified guide as she brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and precise accuracy that cannot be replicated by most guides. Above all, Flora’s people skills are beyond measure. She goes above and beyond to make sure tours and client experience are both flawless and for that, we are especially grateful. If you are looking for a Parisian guide to show you the sites - with a Jewish focus or without - Flora really is the perfect fit. You will not be disappointed!
Sharon Fox
Sharon Fox
Flora planned the perfect trip for us. We were able to see all of the sights we wanted as this was our first trip to France. Iuliana and Ben were great guides and were very entertaining. We highly recommend Flora.
Todd Simon
Todd Simon
The best tour guide in Paris!
Nina Bernstein
Nina Bernstein
I connected with Flora online and knew I wanted her to be our tour guide for me, my daughter, and my 10 year old twin granddaughters. The timing did not work out for us but she connected me with her colleague Ben. We LOVED Ben and were so grateful for him to have been the one (other than Flora) to be our guide. He connected with my family as if we were the only ones in the world he had to devote time to, (and there were 4 other people on our tour.) He presented a LOT of history in a very understandable fashion for the girls, and was always aware that anything he said needed to be absorbed by young people. We then had the pleasure of having Ben join us for lunch and that was amazing. Thanks Ben for a great morning in the Marais!!
Bill Lucas
Bill Lucas
Flora did a GREAT job showing us (two grandparents with a 13 year old granddaughter) the Marais and explaining both its history and that of French Jewry. She has a wonderful demeanor and was a pleasure to be with. Her knowledge was great and easily communicated. And importantly, she paced the tour on a hot day to make it enjoyable. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to get a feel and experience of the area and its history.
Peter Staaf
Peter Staaf
Flora was not available but recommended Cynthia who we toured with for 3 days: Marais, Lourve and Versailles. Our group of six had an amazing experience, Cinthia's knowledge of French history and art was encyclopedic! Flora arranged everything for your tours, made suggestions that were spot on and handled a small glitch with ease. We are not Jewish but the Shoah Memorial brought my family to tears. Thank you Flora!
Marshall Brill
Marshall Brill
Livia was an outstanding guide. We took a Jewish tour of the Paris Marais and the information she provided was extremely thorough and we felt that we learned more in 2 hours than the previous 6 trips we have taken to Paris over the past 5 years.
Allison Kobasky
Allison Kobasky
I am the owner of a luxury travel agency and it’s one of my greatest missions to find the absolute best tour guides in each city. I feel SO lucky to have discovered Flora - what a gem. From the very first email, I knew Flora would be the perfect fit: she is prompt with her replies, creative in the construction of tours, speaks flawless English and her prices are fair. I love that she is such an accomplished, certified guide as she brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and precise accuracy that cannot be replicated by most guides. Above all, Flora’s people skills are beyond measure. She goes above and beyond to make sure tours and client experience are both flawless and for that, we are especially grateful. If you are looking for a Parisian guide to show you the sites - with a Jewish focus or without - Flora really is the perfect fit. You will not be disappointed!
gloria nadler
gloria nadler
This was the best tour we have ever had. Flora was extremely knowledgable and could answer any question we had. If you want an amazing touring experience in Paris go with Flora, she is fabulous!
Ahmed Ben Slimane
Ahmed Ben Slimane
Flora is a very nice person to meet. She is Clearly the type of guide we wanted for our family. The tour is very informative and Insightful. Nothing but great first hand stories and deep knowledge of the culture. Flora knows a lot about Paris and we discovered with my family new secret places during our guided tour in le Marais Paris. Thanks Flora for your tour and your emails and recommendations.
Saul Ben Ayoun
Saul Ben Ayoun
This tour is one of the best Jewish tours I ever had. I always travel and experience a walking tour about Jewish heritage and this one was great ! So Thank you again Flora ! It was really well designed. As a historian I must say that You mastered your subject very very well. When I booked through email you answered me very quickly . Then we met and I had learned a lot . I am going to write about it in my blog as I told you after the tour. See you soon
Saul Ben Ayoun
Saul Ben Ayoun
This tour is one of the best Jewish tours I ever had. I always travel and experience a walking tour about Jewish heritage and this one was great ! So Thank you again Flora ! It was really well designed. As a historian I must say that You mastered your subject very very well. When I booked through email you answered me very quickly . Then we met and I had learned a lot . I am going to write about it in my blog as I told you after the tour. See you soon
Howie Paskowitz
Howie Paskowitz
Flora is extremely knowledgeable about Jewish Paris and Paris in general and helped us plan our entire trip. She had some nice surprises for the kids. She was so flexible and easy to reach in advance. I highly recommend Flora!
Alice Delahaye
Alice Delahaye
Great tour even for non Jewish! I warmly recommend!!! Thank you again for this amazing experience!
Nina Bernstein
Nina Bernstein
I connected with Flora online and knew I wanted her to be our tour guide for me, my daughter, and my 10 year old twin granddaughters. The timing did not work out for us but she connected me with her colleague Ben. We LOVED Ben and were so grateful for him to have been the one (other than Flora) to be our guide. He connected with my family as if we were the only ones in the world he had to devote time to, (and there were 4 other people on our tour.) He presented a LOT of history in a very understandable fashion for the girls, and was always aware that anything he said needed to be absorbed by young people. We then had the pleasure of having Ben join us for lunch and that was amazing. Thanks Ben for a great morning in the Marais!!
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