Jewish Visitor Services – Tour Guides in Prague, Czech Republic
Hardly any other city has been adorned with words of praise to the extent Prague has; it has often been called golden and incomparable. Resting on the sloping banks of the Vltava River, the main artery of Bohemian waterways, Pragues cobblestone streets are connected by arching and ancient stone bridges contrasting with the cosmopolitan atmosphere of modern Prague. Jewish community life in Prague has been continuous since the Middle Ages. The oldest synagogue of the city, the Alteneuschul, built during the last quarter of the 13th century, bears witness of the medieval Jewish community. Despite several periods of expulsion, an autonomous intellectual life was flourishing in the Jewish Quarter in the Golden Age ( between the 16th and 18th century) of Prague’s Jewry. Some of the legendary Jewish personalities who lived in Prague are Rabbi Loew (the Maharal) and Rabbi Avigdor Kara, a member of Pragues Beth Din, among other historians, scientists and philosophers. Today, the Jewish quarter of the city is completely restored and is indeed a fascinating discovery.