9:00 am: Be met in the lobby of your hotel in Paris.
You will discover and follow the footsteps of the Jewish community in the City of Light.
The Pletzel, the Yiddish name for the Jewish quarter, is found in the Marais district and situated around the rue des Rosiers. This historical neighborhood lived through an important chapter of Parisian Jewish history. Around the famous Place des Vosges you will see house number nine, where Rachel, the famous 19th century Jewish actress lived. Victor Hugo lived in house number six. A modest Ashkenazi temple is found in house number fourteen.
The Holocaust Memorial to the Unknown Jewish Martyr is located on nearby rue Geoffroy L’Asnier. Inside the courtyard is a large bronze cylinder with the names of the death camps inscribed on it and a stone wall with engraved Holocaust scenes. The four story building is used as a documentation center, library and exhibition center. Appreciate lunch at leisure of felafel, kosher pizza, or kosher sushi at one of the fine neighborhood delis.
The afternoon is dedicated to a curator led visit to the Museum of Jewish Art and History. The museum visit retraces the historical evolution of Jewish communities from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. You will also admire works by Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine among others.
The tour continues to the Jewish Memorial to the Vel d'Hiv, commemorating the tragic deportations in 1942.
5:00 pm: Return to your hotel at the end of the afternoon.