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Learn about Boro Park’s melting pot of influences from all over the world through its thriving culinary culture. Six food stops give you a taste of the scope of immigrant Jewish experience and the ways in which kosher food at once preserves history but also modernizes.
Try the German shnitzl, the Bucharan bread, the Hungarian sweet kokosh cake, Israeli-style schwarma, the Sephardic import of bourekas, an intense taste of Russia with herring, and an have a bite at an old American-style kosher luncheonette. Our food infused walk will take us down the main Avenues and shopping districts, and will pass some beautiful historic synagogues and storied buildings. A great choice during harsher seasons, with many more options to spend time inside.
All food stops are included in the tour price.
Dates: Once a month Wed at 1pm
Duration: 3 hours
Price starting at: $54 adult/ $39 child
Experience the weekly Shabbat meal in the form of a weekday walk through town! Our route will begin with the traditional greetings, and each stop will be another course in the ritualized meal. A terrific git Shabbes!
We start in the Hipsterest part of town and dive into South Williamsburg from its newer neighborhood, making our way to the spectacular waterfronts with delicious nibbles along the way. The tour is available on Thursday only, because it is the only afternoon that you’ll find challah, fish, chollent in the shops. The tour comprises a hand-picked ensemble of the best bites and the storied foods.
Dates: Every other Thursday at 2pm
Price: Starting at $54 adult/ $39 child
Private tours are arranged to specifically for your schedule and specific interests. This is a good fit for classes, religious groups, travelling groups, families, creative or academic folks researching Jewish Brooklyn, and anyone interested in a more customized program.
The typical private tour will follow the route of the Culture Tour: we walk the older part of South Williamsburg and loop from Lee Avenue back through Bedford Avenue, with a midway stop for pastries. But a private tour will be set up based on your time needs and it will not be open to other participants. Because this tour is exclusively for you, we can cover specific areas of interest in greater depth, like the history of Jewish Williamsburg, architecture, gender, economics, education, and more. We can also arrange for a tour by car or visit different neighborhoods, like the newer parts of Williamsburg and Borough Park.
$300 for a group of up to 5. Includes two food stops.
$500 for a group up to 12. Includes two food stops.
$50 for every additional 3 people over 12.
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Learn about New York City’s Hasidic community of South Williamsburg, a unique world in gentrified Brooklyn — so close to everything, we can even see the Manhattan skyline!
The tour meets near the Marcy Avenue train station for a meet and greet, and we begin the program with a brief introduction on the neighborhood history. We then walk down busy streets of mom-and-pop bakeries and old-school houseware shops, of Hasidic boys schools, of apartment buildings with staggered porches, of the big synagogue with its shabbes horn on top. I’ll unpack the values, technology, gender roles, economy, and marriage customs and take any question at all.
Two food stops and audio equipment are included in the tour price.
Dates: Sunday at 2pm / Tuesday 12pm / Friday at 11am
Duration: 2-3 hours
Price starting at: $45 pp
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Dates: Sunday at 2pm and Friday at 11am
Price starting at: $40 pp
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While I think nothing compares to being a visitor in the Hasidic community, I have found that the tour travels well. I can bring my presentations, rugelach and other materials to your class or community or home for the traveling tour. I’ll be the tourist, for a change!
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