Rio Jewish Heritage Half-Day Tour

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From $74.50

15 reviews   (5.00)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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The Jewish presence in Rio de Janeiro started at the time of the first Portuguese navigators in the 1500´s. Since then, the Israelite immigration was constant, mainly thanks to the encouragement of a great admirer of the Jewish culture, no one less than the emperor D. Pedro II. Following the example in many cities in the world, we have selected the main attractions of the Jewish heritage in Rio de Janeiro, presented by expert tour guides.

Besides the attractions listed we will also visit the Synagogue Shel Gmelut Hassidim (in the Sephardic Jewish-Spanish rite) which has received the visit of emperor D. Pedro II, located in Botafogo. In Copacabana, we visit the Club Israelita Brasileiro and Beth El Synagogue. Note: The synagogues Beth Yaacov (in the Eastern-European Ashkenazi rite) in Copacabana, and Beit Lubavitch (Orthodox Chasidic rite), in Leblon, may replace other synagogues, according to client´s request and/or availability.

What's Included

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Professional guide

Transport by air-conditioned minivan / car

What's Not Included

Food and drinks


Tickets entrances at the Jewish Museum are USD 5.00 per person & at Grand Synagogue as a “Tzedakah” USD 9.00 per person

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 10
  • ADULT: Age: 11 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Please dress appropriately
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Please dress appropriately
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Mirante do Pasmado
The tour will begin with a visit to Park Itzhak Rabin / Mirante do Pasmado, with its privileged views over Botafogo beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. On the way to Downtown, see Chaim Weitzman Square, a public school named after Anne Frank, and the neighborhood of Catete, where resident Jews formerly established a thriving furniture business.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Museu Judaico do Rio de Janeiro
The Jewish Museum of Rio de Janeiro, founded in 1977, with the donation of a menorah, is a cultural center whose activities are structured around the binomial preservation of memory / dynamism of Jewish culture. It maintains permanent exhibitions on the history of the Jewish community in Rio de Janeiro and the traditions of Judaism in all its aspects - religious, cultural and historical - and holds exhibitions at its headquarters and other institutions, as well as promoting academic research on immigration and annual competitions for students.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Grande Templo Israelita do Rio de Janeiro
The Grande Templo Israelita Synagogue was one of the first synagogues in Rio. Completed in 1932 it boasts a grand archway topped by five smaller arches with beautiful mosaics that depict Jewish life

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


Amazing day 10/10
MichelleAggers, 10-11-2022
I went on a tour with Efraim Schvaitzer and it was amazing. His English was very good - I had many questions about the Jewish culture in Brazil and he answered all of them and more. I knew a little going into this tour and feel like I know a lot more now. I would recommend this your to everyone and anyone who wants to know more about Judaism in Rio and all over Brazil. I was fortunate to go to a lot of synagogues, museums and a social club.
Very informative and engaging tour
Myles, 29-10-2022
This tour was very informative. Exactly what we hoped for. Our tour guide Ephraim was great! Even before we got in the car, he sat down with us and gave a brief overview of the history of Jews in Brazil and what is the current status. We highly recommend this tour.
An Important Tour of Jewish Heritage
wkup, 25-02-2020
Excellent fulfilling cultural tour of the jewish history in Rio and Brazil. We saw multiple synagogues inside and out for all sects of judaism - we had detailed discussions of the significance of each synagogue and the opportunity to see the Torahs and explore each building

The small jewish museum had wonderful menorahs and we got a guided discussion of the key items there -

Overall we could not have had a better experience and highly recommend this to anyone who wants to be in touch with their jewish heritage outside of their country

Our guide was Leonardo and he did an amazing job sharing with us not only the details of the tour but his own personal heritage -

A big Shalom to Leonardo and this company for continuing to keep alive the roots of jewish history in Rio
Jewish Heritage tour
Joyce H, 17-02-2020
A wonderful time touring Jewish sites and more with Efraim. From the moment we got into the car he was pointing out sites and giving us information about Rio and Brazilian history. He was easy to understand and very informative. We visited several synagogues. A small Jewish museum and the Jewish club which is actually a fully integrated community center. I highly recommend this tour and Efraim.
Jewish Tour with Leonardo
karenbp2014, 08-02-2020
Leonardo is an excellent guide. He showed us a number of synagogues and explained the history Of the Jews in the area and interesting things about the city in general. His personal stories about his family and ancestors contributed to the enjoyment of this tour. We would highly recommend that you hire Leonardo and his driver.

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