Yeshiva Week Paris – Flora Goldenberg – Jewish Quarter Paris
I am Flora Goldenberg, Tour guide in Paris.
I wanted to make you a short list of what you can do during Yeshiva Week in Paris.
Where to stay in Paris for Yeshiva Week:
I highly recommend to stay in Le Marais because it is the most beautiful area of Paris, one of the safest, and it includes of course the Historic Jewish Quarter of Paris.
Le Marais is a trendy area and is considered very secure.
Some of my visitors ask me : ” Can I walk with my kippah in Paris “
The answer is YES, but I recommend that you do so in some central areas of Paris like le Marais and the other jewish neighborhoods like Belleville, where I do also a tour about the Jewish Heritage of Paris.
Le Sentier and Monceau are also jewish popular areas of Paris and considered very safe.
Rue des Rosiers in le Marais, Little Paris :
Rue des rosiers is very beautiful. It is where I was born and where I lived all my life.
The street is very alive, full of jewish shops, jewish food, kosher restaurants, kosher bakeries …
The Pletzl Paris :
You are free to visit synagogues of the neighborhoods, there are about 10 synagogues in the area, and before shabbat, people get together in the street and sing !
The kosher bakery of Murciano is one of the famous stores in Rue des Rosiers. You can taste some jewish Kosher bakeries from North Africa.
Goldenbergs in Rue des Rosiers :
My Family, the Goldenberg, arrived in Paris in the beginning of 1900.
They opened their first shop in the 1920s :
Then they expanded their business to open a new shop in 15 Rue des Rosiers by my Grand Father Joseph Goldenberg, also known as Joe Goldenberg :
The restaurant became famous and it became famous.
You can read more about it here.
After the attacks on the restaurant in the 80s , my grandfather was tired at the end and decided to close the shop :
Where to eat on Yeshiva Week in Paris ?
I recommend that you eat in these Kosher Restaurants.
If you want a larger list, here is my email, I will be happy to help :
L’as du Falafel :
Middle Easter and Israeli Kosher food
34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
However they are very good and famous, the waiting is very long. But if you need to skip the huge waiting line, call me and I will do the reservation for you. The owner is a friend of my family.
I recommend this restaurant, because too simply, if you are in Paris you should eat French
This is the French Jewish Fusion and kosher food place :
Rodchenko 17 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris
What jewish tours in Paris should you get on Yeshiva week ?
We should begin by the Louvre Jewish Tour ( 3 hours ) : The tour will be around the History of Israel in the most beautiful Museum of the world : Le Louvre.
During the Louvre Jewish Tour, you will of course get to see the highlights of the Museum : Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and other unique pieces of Art .
But we will also focus on the jewish influence on the Louvre, the artifacts found in the old Israel’s Kingdom and the jewish families donations to the Louvre.
I recommend this tour on Yeshiva Week because you will be lucky to be in Louvre when it is not crowded like it is, during summer or during new year vacation.
To understand fully the presence of the jews in Paris from the beginning, 2000 years ago and how did they survive the Shoah in Paris during WWII, you should follow me on The Walking Jewish Tour of le Marais ( 3 hours ) :
I will explain the history and the life of the Jews in France since the Romans and during the middle ages. You’ll hear stories of anti judaism, and see places related to the history of the Jews during that time.
Then we’ll talk about the history of the Jews after they were expelled from France in 1394, at the French Revolution, and during the 19th century. You’ll hear about the famous Dreyfus case, and other stories of when antisemitism was developed, at the same time as when the Jews were assimilating in France and great wealthy families became very successful in France (the Rothschilds, the Camondos…)
We’ll continue to explore the history in Le Marais, the Jewish area, which is a beautiful old part of the city. We will visit a synagogue, see commemorative plaques for WWII, talk about the occupation of Paris, while discovering the cute narrow streets of le Marais, it’s lively cafés and bakeries, it’s schools and parcs. On the way you’ll also see some private mansions built in the 17th century. The tour can include the holocaust memorial (free entrance) which is also situated in the Marais.
The Sentier Food Tour ( 3 hours ) is a must ! The food is not kosher but the area has some jewish landmarks that I will show you while we learn everything about the food in France, see a chocolate maker at work, and many many surprises !!
I also suggest my Marais Food Tour ( 3 hours ) if you want to stay in the same area and taste kosher food this time.
Activities for Kids during the Yeshiva Week in Paris ?
I prepared many Treasure Hunts with Made-in-France Gifts and food surprises, adapted for kids !!
Louvre Treasure Hunt for kids :
Thanks to a booklet full of riddles and images, the children will learn about Art and History inside the Louvre Museum. We will see all the highlights of the Louvre.
Le Marais Jewish Quest :
This is an outside activity with kids, in le Marais : we will ask and answer questions about the jewish heritage, search for the jewish landmarks to find clues and discover the history of jews in Paris from 2000 years ago to now.
Kids and Parents can of course ask me questions about the Today Situation of Paris and the Jews in France.
Here is my email :