Sinagoga Ohel Jacob

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Have you ever been to Sinagoga Ohel Jacob?

The Ohel Jacob Synagogue ("Tent of Jacob") was founded in 1934 by a small Jewish group of Ashkenazic origin from Central Europe, which began by meeting at the premises of the now established Hehaber - Israel Youth Zionist character, which had been created by young Israelis in Lisbon in 1925. This group of Jews, mostly Poles, would play a remarkable role in the dynamization of this religious space, a singular synagogue, characterized by its openness to the outside, tolerance and understanding for Jews of all origins, especially the integration of the descendants of Marranos - or b'nei anussim -, these sons of the "forced" in search of their Jewish roots and identity. But to better understand the extraordinary nature of this initiative, it is necessary, although briefly, to expose the context and related historical antecedents, especially the origin of these anusim in Portugal.

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"Daniel was terrific. Prompt, kind, and full of knowledge about the history and what remains of the Jewish community. He started out at a beautiful hilltop site which overlooks Lisbon and pointed out areas of interest. It was a 4 1/2 hour tour and very complete. Took us to a very small synagogue where we understood the difficulties of maintaining Jewish life in Lisbon. This was a highlight for us as well as being with Daniel."
"We were looking for a Private tour of Jewish Lisbon. What we got was a private four hour tour of historical Lisbon with a very knowable local resident Daniel. He drove us to places we wouldn’t have seen without his expertise. Every question we had about Jewish Lisbon and Portegese history in general he had an answer to. One of the best tours I ever booked. Thank you Daniel for making our trip to Lisbon full of great memories."

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