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Revisiting Jewish heritage in Barcelona
and the memory of Sepharad

During the Middle Ages Jewish life flourished in Sepharad as perhaps nowhere else. Jews were integrated, in the Call of Barcelona, the juderias of Cordoba and Toledo; in the cabalistic circles of Gerona or as advisors and physicians to kings.

With the Edict of expulsion of 1492, Jews were faced with a stark choice: leave or convert to Catholicism, and only some of these conversos continued to practice their tradition in hiding. Although most of the Jewish legacy was lost, one can revisit the rich culture and history while walking the streets where Jews once lived.

Once again, Jewish life blooms in Barcelona and other cities, with celebrations of B'nei mitzvah, Shabbat and the High Holidays, Film Festival, Hebrew study and new works of art.

Since 1997 Urban Cultours organizes Jewish tours in Barcelona as well as programs focused on past and present Jewish life, and helps plan events with authentic Jewish content for visitors from all over the world and for locals.

Urban Cultours project adds to initiatives that enrichen our culture and tradition,
contributing to the continuity, development and promotion of Jewish identity.

A live conversation can be scheduled upon request
for yourself, family, friends, congregations and study groups.

On-line presentations include photos, maps and documents.

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Middle Ages

Did you know that ....
-  Jews in Barcelona also spoke Catalan?
-  Barcelona was the center of Halachah
    in the 13c.
-  A Rabbi developed the formula for the
    circle's area?
-  In 1401 there are no Jews in Barcelona?

Jews in Barcelona represented about 12% of the total population. They were professionals, artisans, merchants and were trusted by counts and kings with court affairs. Though few structures are left a vast archival documentation gives information about daily life, occupations, the neighborhoods and the cemetery which dates back to the mid 9c.

20th Century

-  Flamenco dance shoes
Prêt a porter wedding wear
-  Milk ferments in the diet
-  New form of rock music
-  Photo-journalism during the Civil War
-  First department stores
-  Innovative graphic design

Jews started arriving in Spain in the early 1900s after having been expelled in 1492 by the Catholic Kings Isabel and Ferdinand.
They have been contributing, once again, to the development of this country, in all fields of science, industry and culture with their talents, experience and creativity

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