Touring Date

05 Feb 2020  - 19 Feb 2020


In 1654, twenty-three Jews left Brazil for the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam (Later New York), thus laying the foundation for what would become the world’s largest and wealthiest Jewish community. But what about Brazil, the land from where they came, the country of the first legally constituted Jewish Community in the New World, including the oldest Synagogue in America, Kahal Zur Israel in Recife?

 Kosher Travelers in association with Stockler Expeditions has launched a program, which will follow the historic route of Jewish life in Brazil, including Manaus, Recife and Rio de Janeiro.

Some of the highlights of the trip include a tour of Kahal Zur Israel, the first Synagogue in the Americas, the house of Inquisition where  crypto-Jews were held, the Jewish school, etc.

Manaus – “The Jewish Saint” Amazing stories of pioneer Jews from Morocco leaving in Manaus during the rubber boom, and the Rabbi that became a “ saint”.

As the story is told here, Rabbi Shalom Imanuel Moyal traveled up the Amazon during the great rubber boom to visit these settlers and to collect contributions for his theological school at home, in Jerusalem.. Rabbi Shalom Imanuel Muyal, died of yellow fever in 1910, and since them is still revered by Christians in Manaus as the “santo Judeu.” Or, more simply, “o rabino.” When their prayers are answered, they put up small signs of thanks in his tomb.

We will also visit Rio de Janeiro and meet with members of the Jewish community, product of a later and different section of the Diaspora.  

We will also visit the fabulous Iguassu Falls, known the world over for its awesome beauty.


  • Visit to Amazon Jungle, and learn about the amazing stories of the pioneer Jews in this area.
  • Visit the first Jewish Synagogue of Americas in Recife
  • Visit the City of Recife, from where the first 23 Jews that arrive in New York came from.
  • Learn the fabulous stories of the Marrano Jews of Brazil.
  • Visit the Jewish Museum and Jewish sites in Rio de Janeiro
  • Visit the beautiful sights of Rio de Janeiro like Sugar loaf and Corcovado, one of the 8th wonders in the world.
  • Visit the awesome Iguassu Falls in both Brazil and Argentina side.
  • Kosher meals

 Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world. It occupies half of South America and it is different in language, custom, culture and environment from the other countries. It is the only country in South America that has Portuguese as their language. Brazil was one of the first areas settle by the Europeans in the New World. Discovered by the Portuguese in 1500, it was colonized by Jews, Portuguese, Dutch and French as the first settlers and Germans, Polish, Italians, Koreans, Japanese in latter years. All these cultures, together with the slaves brought from Africa, resulted in the most interesting and fascinating culture as the cuisine, music, dance, religion and art reflects this Afro-Portuguese-European melting pot heritage.

Recife: The city of Recife started in the shadow of three cultures: Jewish, Portuguese and Dutch. It is a city full of history, where Jews came by invitation of the king of Portugal in 1503 to colonize and develop the lucrative trade of sugar cane plantations. With the implantation of Inquisition, they were banned from the country. They departed to Cuba, Barbados, Curaçao, England, and 23 Jews the first ones, came to the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam, in the USA, later New York.

Recife is one of the most important marks of the Jewish History in Brazil and Americas.

Kahal Zur Israel – Hebrew: קהל צור ישראל‎, “Rock of Israel”, Sinagoga Kahal Zur Israel, located in Recife, Brazil, was the first Jewish congregation in the New World. It was established by Spanish/Portuguese Jews that had taken refuge in the Netherlands fleeing forced conversion and were joined by New Christians who were already living in the colony. There is now a museum on this site of the oldest synagogue site in the Americas.

 From 1636 to 1654, the synagogue functioned on the site of the houses no. 197 and 203 Rua do Bom Jesus (formerly Rua dos Judeus, lit. ‘Street of the Jews’). It flourished in the mid-17th century, when the Dutch briefly controlled this part of northeastern Brazil.

The original synagogue building survived until the early 20th century, when it was torn down. The site has been confirmed by an archaeological excavation. In 2001 the decision was made to create a Jewish museum in two story house with two shops located on the first floor then standing on the site of the old synagogue.

The synagogue served a community of approximately 1,450 Jews. It had a cantor, Josue Velosino, and a rabbi, Isaac Aboab da Fonseca, sent to Recife in 1642.


Rio de Janeiro: Sun drenched beaches, music, dance, cariocas and a night life that refuses to quit. The allure of Rio has been attracting foreign visitors since the 16th

century. Rio’s physical setting of mountains, ocean and lush tropical vegetation delights the eye while the sophisticated pleasures of Rio’s restaurants engage the palate. As birthplace of the bossa nova and samba, Rio moves to a musical beat and whether you are there for Carnival or not, every night is a party. Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountains are the post cards of Rio and a must to see.

Corcovado Mountain and the Christ Statue, one of the 8th wonders of the world, is one of the must places to go when in Rio.

You will travel through downtown Rio to the base of Corcovado Mountain. Here you board the cog rail train that will take you through the Tijuca Rainforest to the top of the mountain. At the top stands the 125ft statue with its arms outstretched over the city. The view of the ocean, city and lagoon are spectacular from this vantage point.

Sugar Loaf: This tour takes us through Rio’s most famous beaches, Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema,  Leblon, to the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain. We will take the first of two cable cars to the smaller of the mountains off the coast of Rio. Walk around the flowered walkways enjoying the magnificent view. Then continue up to the second cable car to the summit of the second mountain.  The view of the city of Rio from this peak is breath taking.

Iguassu Falls: There is a place where Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina come together, the same place where the Iguassu River flows into the Parana River forming a series of awe inspiring waterfalls in the middle of a forest, formed 150 million years ago.  It does not seem to be scenery; it is more like a happening, something taking place here and now with the greatest urgency. The name Iguassu means “Great Water” in Tupi Guarani Indian Language.  There are 19 large falls which can be better seen from the Brazilian side.  The roar of its 260 cataracts, some of which reach a height of 250 feet can be heard 20 miles away. There are rainbows, bands of butterflies and birds, and all around you the air vibrates as thundering water dissipates into clouds and then, there is Iguassu Falls, with all its majesty with its immense semicircular formation measuring 2700 meters across and separating Brazil from Argentina.

Available departures

This tour is repeated every weekday (working day).

Full Itinerary

Full Itinerary:

Sep 11 – Miami / Manaus 

Upon arrival in Manaus, we will be met and transferred to Tropical Hotel.

Sep 12 – Manaus

Tropical Hotel – B,L

Morning – We will visit the first Jewish Synagogue, and the cemetery where the “ saint rabbi” is buried. We will learn the amazing stories about these Jewish pioneers of the Amazon.

Afternoon – We will visit the famous Manaus Opera house and city tour

Sep 13 – Manaus / Jungle Lodge

Tropical Hotel – B,L,D

After an early breakfast, we will be met and transferred to the beautiful Jungle Lodge, the Amazon Eco Park -

We will have tours in the morning, afternoon and night, organized by the lodge.

Sep 14 – Jungle Lodge – B,L,D

Since today is Shabbat, we will have special walking tour in the jungle. Tours programed by the lodge

Sep 15 – Jungle Lodge – B,L,D

Full day tour – programed by the lodge

Sep 16 – Eco Park Lodge / Recife B,D

After breakfast we will be transferred to the Manaus airport for the flight to Recife. Upon arrival, we will be met and transferred to Mar Hotel. Dinner at the hotel

Sep 17 – Recife

Mar Hotel – B,L

Full day Jewish Tour Itinerary

Sep 18 – Recife / Rio de Janeiro 

Mar Hotel – B, D

Morning, after breakfast we will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Rio. Dinner at the hotel

Windsor Arena Copacabana Hotel – partial ocean view

Sep 19 – Rio de Janeiro – Corcovado and Sugar Loaf

Arena Copacabana Hotel – B,L

Full day tour to Corcovado and Sugar Loaf

Lunch at Mineira Restaurant

Sep 20 – Rio de Janeiro – Friday

Arena Copacabana Hotel – B,L

Full day Jewish Tour

Lunch – Kosher restaurant

Evening – Shabbat at the synagogue

We have a guide walking to the Chabad with clients and back to the hotel. 

Sep 21 – Rio de Janeiro – Saturday

Arena Copacabana Hotel – B,D

Morning – Service at the Synagogue

For clients going to Chabad, we will have a guide walking from hotel / Chabad / Hotel

Afternoon – City Tour  

Sep 22 – Rio de Janeiro / Iguassu Falls 

Arena Copacabana Hotel – B,L

After early breakfast we will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Iguassu Falls. Upon arrival, we will have a tour of the falls on Brazil side. 

Hotel – Recanto Cataratas

Sep 23 – Iguassu Falls

Recanto Cataratas – B,L,D

Full Day Iguassu Falls Argentina side. After breakfast we will enjoy the tour of the falls on Argentina side, including a boat ride by the falls. Farewell dinner at the hotel

Sep 24 – Iguassu Falls / Miami – 04:25pm / 04:30am Via Rio de Janeiro

Recanto Cataratas Hotel – B

After late breakfast we will be met and transferred to the airport for the flight home. We have a change of flight in Rio de Janeiro to your home destination. 





$4,960 per person double

$5,450 per person single


Land Package includes:

All tours are private, with English speaking guides.

 Also include all gratuities to guides


  • 2 nights 5* hotel accommodation
  • Hotel tax
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Transfers
  • Full day tour
  • 1 lunch
  • English speaking guide
  • Gratuities to guide

Manaus Ecopark

  • 3 nights / 4 days 4*
  • All tours as per itinerary
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • English speaking guides
  • Gratuities to guides


  • Two nights 4* hotel, standard accommodation
  • Hotel Tax
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Tours as per itinerary
  • Transfers
  • One Lunch
  • One dinner
  • English speaking guide
  • Gratuities to guides

Rio de Janeiro

  • Four nights 4* hotel sup accommodation – partial ocean view
  • Hotel Tax
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Two Lunches
  • Two dinners
  • All Transfers
  • Tours as per itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Gratuities to guides

Iguassu Falls

  • Two nights 5* hotel sup accommodation
  • Hotel Tax
  • Transfers
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Two Lunches
  • One dinner
  • Tours as per itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Gratuities to guides
  • Entrance tax Iguassu Falls National Park – Brazil and Argentina

Not included