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  • Jewish Community of Oporto

    Official Website

    Citizenship

     

  • Community

    The community includes about 700 Jews

    from more than thirty countries. 

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    Community

    The Oporto Rabbinate is recognised by

    the Rabbanut Harashit of Israel.


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    Community

     

    More information  here

     

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    Kashrut

    The Jewish Community of Oporto is able to provide
    members of the Community and Jewish visitors or
    tourists with various options in terms of kashrut.




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    Kashrut

    The project is coordinated by the Rabbinate
    of Oporto whose supervision is recognised
    by the Grand Rabbinate of Israel.

     



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    Kashrut

    There are several kashrut structures in

    existence or soon to be created in the city.


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    Kashrut

      

    Kosher food list here

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    Tzedakah

    The Jewish Community of Oporto gives tzedakah
    and promotes social justice via a vast network
    of organisations

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    Tzedakah

    The Community provides Shabbat meals to Jewish
    families who currently do not have the resources
    to prepare their own.

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    Tzedakah



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    Tzedakah



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    Tzedakah



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    Holocaust Museum

    The Holocaust Museum of Oporto is one of the few Holocaust

    museums in the world that is run by a Jewish community.

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    Holocaust Museum

    The Holocaust Museum in Oporto has the following objectives:
    - Teaching the Holocaust to the general public and to school students;
    - Ensuring the Holocaust never happens again.

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    Holocaust Museum

    The Holocaust was the genocide of 5700,000 Jews in Europe,

    including one and a half million children, during World War II.

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    Tourists

    The Community offers solutions in terms
    of kashrut and mikveh and has a Synagogue
    in operation and a Jewish museum.


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    Tourists

    For security reasons, Jewish tourists
    wishing to participate in the religious
    services of the Synagogue must inform
    the Community in advance.

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    Tourists

     

    Hotels near the synagogue:

    Hotel da Música with a Kosher Restaurant (1 km)
    Hotel Portus Cale Quality Inn (300 metres)
    Hotel Crowne Plaza Porto (600 metres)


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    History

    In 1923, Captain Barros Basto, an officer of the Portuguese army who had converted to Judaism, was the founder of the Jewish Community of Oporto, together with Jewish merchants who had recently immigrated from Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Russia. Aware that Jewish Community of Oporto was the pillar and the logistical and moral foundation of the ''Rescue Work'' and determined to turn Oporto into a "religious beacon" for the Portuguese Crypto-Jews, Barros Basto raised funds to build a synagogue in the city of which the Crypto-Jews could be very proud. The Kadoorie Mekor Haim Synagogue was inaugurated in 1938.

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    History

    The construction of the synagogue began in 1929 and dragged on for almost 10 years. During this period the Captain was the target of a process known as the "Portuguese Dreyfus" and the community disintegrated. The Crypto-Jews felt they had lost their charismatic leader and they return to a clandestine belief. The great synagogue of Oporto, built within a grandiose project, had lost its raison d'être, even before being inaugurated. The «Rescue Work» was greatly weakened in the year 1938. In a way, it had almost collapsed.

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    Captain Barros Basto died at a time when, with the exception of the community of Belmonte, which kept the ritual traditions and the Jewish family spirit at weddings, the majority of the crypto-Jewish families in other parts witnessed the weakening of religious ties, the assimilation and the intermarriage with non-Jews, circumstances that were irreversibly exacerbated during the following decades with the advent of the open society.

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    History

    In 1961, the great historian Cecil Roth asked "What is to be done with this Synagogue [of Oporto]? "He would be surprised by the answer given by Marilyn Flitterman, one of the community's oldest members in 2017: "It is heart-warming to see how important the Synagogue has become since the days I first knew it, 50 years ago. At that time, there were very few people who went there, only my family and a few others. It was a big beautiful building, almost always empty. Now the Synagogue is always full of life and has a new purpose in welcoming the descendants of Jews who fled five centuries ago to other countries. The Mekor Haim Synagogue has fulfilled its destiny and that makes me very happy.''

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    The Jewish Community of Oporto today includes a mix of old and new families. In the last years the Community restored the synagogue building, organized new departments, bought a land for a cemetery and created the necessary conditions for Jewish life to flourish again in Oporto.

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    History

    More than 500 years after the Jewish synagogues and cemetery were destroyed and the houses of the Jewish people looted, the Jewish Community of Oporto exists once again.

     

    More information:   link

     

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    Jewish Museum

    The Jewish Museum of Oporto is one of the

    few Jewish museums in Europe that is run

    by a Jewish community.



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    Jewish Museum



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    Contacts

    Rua de Guerra Junqueiro, 325
    4150-386 Porto - Portugal

     

    General

    info@comunidade-israelita-porto.org
    Kosher Department

    kosher@comunidade-israelita-porto.org

    Portuguese Nationality

    portuguesenationality@comunidade-israelita-porto.org
    Tourism Department
    tourism@comunidade-israelita-porto.org

    Balanit:
    mikvah.porto@gmail.com