Jewish Amsterdam with Sabry Amroussi - Context Travel

Jewish Amsterdam with Sabry Amroussi


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In this conversation, we will concentrate on the Jewish presence in Amsterdam, a compelling and fascinating story spanning 500 hundred years of history. From the settlement of Sephardic Jews from Spain in the 1580s to the tragedies of World War Two, this talk takes us through the stories connected with the extremely influential Jewish communities of Amsterdam.

As more than 10% of Amsterdam was of Jewish descent before the war, these communities left their mark on every aspect of Amsterdam's rich history; from the influence on Rembrandt and other artists and architects to Dutch cuisine, their vast trading network, and the splendor of the world-famous Portuguese Synagogue, for a long time the worlds biggest synagogue and pride of the Sephardic communities.

Not necessarily a holocaust tour (Sabry Amroussi believes the Jewish presence in Amsterdam is a story in 500 years of history, rather than focusing on those 5 years) this seminar leaves you with a profound understanding of what it was and is to be Jewish in Amsterdam, and how these proud communities were an integral part of life in Mokum (Hebrew for place or safe haven, and also the de facto nickname for Amsterdam.).

Sabry Amroussi is an art historian specializing in the Golden Age and Jewish History of Amsterdam. His background gives him a unique interpretation and knowledge about Amsterdam's once-thriving Jewish communities, and he loves sharing that knowledge, from the riches, gold, and precious books from the Portuguese Synagogue to the tragedies and his family stories of the second world war.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 55 reviews
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Well done

Very interesting and informative.

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C.
Fascinating

Sabry always delivers an interesting, informative and visually engaging presentation. Once again he exceeded my high expectations.

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M.A.
Shedding light on Amsterdam's History

Sabry's enthusiasm about the subject matter is palpable. His personal comments also help bring the history into context. It was incredibly interesting learning about the Sephardic vs. Ashkenazi story in Amsterdam's history.

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G.D.
Sabry is the best!

As a writer who focuses on Jewish heritage, I wasn't sure if I'd learn a lot about Jewish Amsterdam from this lecture. But was I mistaken! Sabry is not only a font of fascinating information, he keeps you smiling for an hour and a half as he gushes forth with enthusiasm that fascinates and surprises. By the end, you want to fly over and spend your entire visit exploring Amsterdam with him. One day I just might.

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Can’t miss virtual tour

Excellent (virtual) tour of Amsterdam’s Jewish sites and history. Engaging, witty, in - depth, and spanned 500 years. Loved it so much, we hope you offer more courses like this!

Customer Reviews

Based on 55 reviews
93%
(51)
7%
(4)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
B
B.
Well done

Very interesting and informative.

C
C.
Fascinating

Sabry always delivers an interesting, informative and visually engaging presentation. Once again he exceeded my high expectations.

M
M.A.
Shedding light on Amsterdam's History

Sabry's enthusiasm about the subject matter is palpable. His personal comments also help bring the history into context. It was incredibly interesting learning about the Sephardic vs. Ashkenazi story in Amsterdam's history.

G
G.D.
Sabry is the best!

As a writer who focuses on Jewish heritage, I wasn't sure if I'd learn a lot about Jewish Amsterdam from this lecture. But was I mistaken! Sabry is not only a font of fascinating information, he keeps you smiling for an hour and a half as he gushes forth with enthusiasm that fascinates and surprises. By the end, you want to fly over and spend your entire visit exploring Amsterdam with him. One day I just might.

A
A.
Can’t miss virtual tour

Excellent (virtual) tour of Amsterdam’s Jewish sites and history. Engaging, witty, in - depth, and spanned 500 years. Loved it so much, we hope you offer more courses like this!