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.
Tel : +33787082577
I accept Whatsapp texts or calls : 9 am to 10 pm ( Paris Time )
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 .
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
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.
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
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
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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 ) :
My uncle is a tour guide in Amsterdam :
You can visit his website to learn more about him and his tour in Amsterdam https://paukatours.com/tours/1-walking-tours-in-amsterdam
You can book here and ask me questions, I will be happy to help :