My journey…

I began my journey to create Real Embrace Portugal in 2012. I realized that I wanted to give people a day-by-day experience of Portugal. From Portuguese history, and culture to the Jewish Portugal, our tours are about different lifestyles, traditions, stories… This is a testament to the longevity and relevance of our culture today.

There are secret synagogues, secret use of the Kabbalah engraved on door frames and windows to name a few. Most significant of all is the current Portugal’s Jewish cultures and Jews that have survived the centuries throughout Portugal.  My pride in my own Jewish heritage, and that of the strong faith the Jews of Portugal have sustained, led me to the desire to share this and i created Real Embrace Portugal to fulfil this dream.

There was a large nucleus of Jews and synagogues and infrastructures to support their own Jewish lifes in the XV century. The truth is that they never stop to attend their own believes or the quest for a better life. Their own religious traditions were the key to survive in secrecy. This is the Jewish Portugal a secret Hebrew culture that would become, the Crypto-Judaism. A unique  Jewish culture that will define the Portuguese Jews over the inquisitorial centuries.

The use of the Kabbalah

Discover the Jewish Portugal and it’s hidden gems! Experience the hidden history and the culture of the Crypto-Jews. Learn how they escape the inquisition, and kept their religious traditions century after century to the next generations! Explore with us the unique Jewish communities, where marriages were done inside the community which have resulted in handicap problems for some of the newborns. Find out how they have managed to communicate between them using the Kabbalah; numbers, letters, symbols, like secret codes engraved on the frame doors. These secret Jews started a secret Hebrew culture – the Crypto-Judaism, unique Jewish culture that defines the Portuguese Jews over the inquisitorial centuries. 

Travelling all along this hidden legacy, through the most unexpected places is a unique chance for you to discover the Jewish Portugal. Let us guide you through a magnificent historical legacy, discovering your ancestral routes, and walk in the footsteps of your ancestors.

Jewish Portugal, the Crypto-Jew Heritage

10 responses to “Discover Jewish Portugal

  1. Thank you very much for an interesting and pleasant tour of Jewish and general Lisbon . We enjoyed meeting Paulo and hope to return to Portugal another time.

    1. Thank you Nicole Strassman for your words regarding our work showing the unique Jewish Portuguese Culture.
      Travel regards

  2. Paola of Real Embrace Portugal was my guide for Jewish Portugal in Lisbon and took our group to all the important Jewish places as he described the history and Jewish experience of Lisbon and Portugal. His knowledge of the Jews and his passion for our history makes him a wonderful and relevant guide for anyone who wants an in depth tour of Jewish Lisbon!!! I would never have known all the locations and important stories without his guidance!

    1. Thank you Ariel for your comment on our Jewish Heritage tours. It’s great to know that you enjoyed our unique Jewish experience.
      Looking forward to meet you again.
      Travel regards

  3. I highly recommend Real Embrace Portugal for Jewish tours in Portugal. During our full day Jewish tour of Lisbon, Paulo took us to – and explained – literally every major area and sight there is to see in Lisbon (including the Belem and Alfama districts) as well as to the important points of interest relating to Jewish history (including the Lisbon synagogue, the Lisbon Jewish Memorial in Rossio Square, and the Jewish quarters in the different areas we visited). Paulo made the city and its sights come alive with his exceptional knowledge of Portuguese history. Paolo is very passionate about his country and is an excellent host and tour guide. We can’t wait to return to Portugal, and when we do, we will definitely call Paolo for his Jewish heritage tours in other cities. Obrigada, Paolo!!!!

    1. Thank you Iris and Eric for your comment.
      It was very interesting to meet you both and a fantastic time showing you the Jewish Lisbon Heritage as well Portuguese History and Culture.
      Thank you again!
      Travel regards

  4. Paulo is the BEST! We loved every minute of our tour with him. We highly recommend using him for a Jewish Heritage Tour. He is so knowledgeable and we saw saw so many places! Loved it and will call him when we return!

    1. Thank you Diane Burman for your words and for your always interested and avid mind regarding the portuguese Jewish Culture and history.

  5. My family and I were very lucky to have Paulo as our guide as he was very insightful and passionate about Jewish heritage in Portugal. Everywhere we went Paulo was able to point out every little detail that came from Jewish origin such as Star of David patterns in floor tiles created by Jewish masons. We were especially lucky when Paulo took us to an Ashkenazi Crypto-Jewish synagogue. We experienced the pride that they held in their heritage and strong faith in their religion at the synagogue. Coming to Portugal, my family and I knew very little about the Jewish heritage and after touring with Paulo we will think of Portugal in a new light. Paulo really made our experience with Portugal like no other and we greatly appreciate that. He will definitely be a recommendation for other friends and family looking to travel to Portugal and we hope to tour with him when we come again. Thank you for a wonderful time, Paulo!!

    1. Thank you for your words Zachary Yasinov.
      It was a great time to be with all of you. Thank for sharing your experience with us. This is in fact our passion, showing you the unique Portuguese Jewish culture.
      Thanks again for everything.

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