Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Istanbul synagogue visit?

Jump to last reply

So we have taken a deep breath and decided to go ahead with our long-planned trip to Turkey, and will be in Istanbul from Sept. 4 – 8. We have been to Istanbul before, but there are still so many things left to do/see, one of which is I would like to visit at least one synagogue.

I have done some homework and understand that we will need to make advance arrangements for security reasons, which is fine. But which synagogue is likely to be of greatest historical/architectural interest? I am a quite secular Ashkenazi person, and am most interested in what I am least familiar with, i.e. the Sephardic world. My husband will pretty much go along with whatever I want to do on this one (and as he is from a family of Protestant missionaries, I don’t know that he’s ever set foot in a synagogue of any kind anyway). And we are now being joined by an Indian friend from Dubai, who I suspect will feel much the same.

Which synagogue(s) will be of greatest interest? Is there anything else we should know? My boss mentioned men and women might be separated, even for a tour? (I figured that would be the case for services, but I don’t think we want to attend a service.) And are we likely to experience difficulty given that the birthplace on my husband’s passport is Beirut, WASP though he is? Thanks in advance for any guidance.

7 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's Go List 2015 Has Been Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 19, 14 at 05:08 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Upgrading second class Swiss pass to first class for individual train rides
  2. 2 Trip Report Our October trip to Andalucia!
  3. 3 VAT refund Q--new carryon bag ??
  4. 4 Has anyone tried Athens Welcome Pickups?
  5. 5 Favorite London spot for roast beef and Yorkshire pudding?
  6. 6 All Set To Go!!
  7. 7 N Ireland / Ireland driving
  8. 8 Taxi or Tube from LHR to Gloucester Road Tube?
  9. 9 Story of the German Christmas star
  10. 10 Charles de Gaulle to Gare du Nord with limitations?
  11. 11 Dublin, love it or hate it? please tell me why
  12. 12 Starting to plan for 3.5 weeks in northern Spain, May 2015
  13. 13 Airport ATMs
  14. 14 Help with European vacation plan
  15. 15 Three ferries to Mull
  16. 16 Help!! which tour company is the best for group tours in Italy?
  17. 17 Trip Report Finally in Italy for the holidays - installment report
  18. 18 Earthquakes in Tuscany
  19. 19 Andalucia - very early trip thinking - reactions?
  20. 20 Best Location for Car Pickup in Naples
  21. 21 Transportation from Athens Airport to Syntagma
  22. 22 American Express
  23. 23 San Sebastian, Spain and where else?!
  24. 24 Euro Trivia Quiz #12 - Know Your Rivers?
  25. 25 Siena - Pienza - Montepulciano
View next 25 » Back to the top