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Behind the Scenes of the Orthodox World in Bnei Brak

Slightly beyond Tel Aviv, at a walking distance from the secular cultural and hangout spots, there is an entire Orthodox world with a different lifestyle, businesses, dress code, language and customs; worlds apart. Welcome to Bnei Brak – the first Orthodox city. Visiting it is like travelling in time to a Jewish town of the olden days.
Discover the Orthodox world like you’ve never seen it before, amongst the synagogues and the Yeshivas, the charity and grace organizations and the smells of the Sabbath Cholent – at an uplifting and stigma- shattering encounter with a very different culture, which some believe to be the foundation of the Jewish world.
We’ll dive into the Rabbi Akiva street, Bnei Brak’s Champs-Élysées, with luxurious fashion stores, ceremonial arts, and CDs of Hasidic songs (sung only by men), hats and Payot. We’ll hear the story of the city, which was founded by a group of Ger Dynasty disciples, who dreamt of living in the city Rabbi Akiva; we’ll tell of the people who influenced its character, such as Chazon Ish, Rabbi Elazar Shach, the Alter Rebbe, and look at the differences between the Lithuanians and Hasidics, which are the majority of the population in the city.
We’ll turn into the narrower alleys, branching out of Rabbi Akiva, and stop at the important synagogues, at Gemach institutes, soup kitchens and charity organizations. We’ll learn about Shidduch (matchmaking), Sabbath and holiday customs, be a part of the hustle and bustle, inside the legions of Kollel and Yeshiva students, big families and strollers, the sounds of prayer and Shofar and the dazzling smells of fresh Challahs and traditional foods from the eateries and local restaurants.
You can combine tastings of Ashkenazi Jewish food: Kugel, Cholent, Gefilte fish, Herring, chopped liver and more, with extra payment.
Photography: Lihi Ron

 
 

What’s in the tour

  • Embark on a fascinating journey behind the scenes of the Orthodox world
  • Witness how a small synagogue can hold 20,000 people Learn about the Rabbinical Committee and its role
  • Talk about the world of Shidduch (matchmaking) and those who are illegible
  • Find out why there are no second-hand bookstores in Bnei Brak
  • Learn about the charity and grace organizations’ work
  • Understand how to differentiate between the various Kosher types
  • Find out where the residents make their utensils KosherSnack on a fresh and fragrant Challah at a famous bakery
  • Taste Cholent, Kugel, Gefilte fish, chopped liver and more


 

General information:
 
  Type: On foot
  Location: Bnei Brak
 Length: About 1 Km 
  Duration: About two and a half hours
  Starting at: Rabbi Akiva/Jerusalem St.
  Ending at: Rabbi Akiva/Jerusalem St.
  Level: Easy-Medium

Important information: 

  1. The tour participants are covered by a third-party insurance.
  2. Payment by credit card (2% added commission) or money transfer only.
  3. Cancellation:
  • 7 days before the tour date: no cancellation fees.
  • 4-7 days before the tour: 50% cancellation fee.
  • Less than 4 days before the tour date: full charge.

 

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