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Tour of Jewish Paris

Hosted By: The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC)

Take in Jewish history, landmarks, and humor in this quintessential Parisian neighborhood with a transplanted American on this Zoom talk.

Virtually visit Jewish Paris all from the comfort of your own home. Join Karen Reb Rudel for a fascinating, informative and funny 90 minute walking tour on Zoom! This presentation guides you around the Jewish quarter, pointing out cultural landmarks that would be otherwise overlooked whilst at the same time giving you insight into what it was like to be a Jew in France during several fraught periods. Karen artfully and SOULFULLY manages to present the information in a way that is filled with humor, life and hope. It is something you won’t forget.

Born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Karen grew up with the aspiration to be a comedian, a musician, or both… She groomed these crafts from a young age by making everyone around her laugh and beginning a lifetime romance with the flute at the age of 9. She went on to study drama at Temple University in Philadelphia and played in a series of bands.

From the age of 30 until she got married, Karen was back and forth between Paris and Philadelphia, working on musical projects and touring (including being the flautist and singer in a Reggae band in Paris). One day her parents came to visit her and Karen, having learned a lot about Paris, was showing them around when her mother exclaimed, “Karen, you would make a great tour guide!” That was the light bulb moment, and as the French say, ‘voila’, and she became the founder & CEO of Sight Seeker’s Delight, a highly respected touring company.

Paris has been Karen’s stomping ground for over 20 years, and her company is in a unique position to give the historical background and underground cultural scoops that most walking tours leave out. She will happily share all of this with us during her presentation.

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Teacher

Karen Reb Rudel

Born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Karen grew up with the aspiration to be a comedian, a musician, or both… She groomed these crafts from a young age by making everyone around her laugh and beginning a lifetime romance with the flute at the age of 9. She went on to study drama at Temple University in Philadelphia and played in a series of bands. From the age of 30 until she got married, Karen was back and forth between Paris and Philadelphia, working on musical projects and touring (including being the flautist and singer in a Reggae band in Paris). One day her parents came to visit her and Karen, having learned a lot about Paris, was showing them around when her mother exclaimed, “Karen, you would make a great tour guide!” That was the light bulb moment, and as the French say, voila! Paris has been Karen’s stomping ground for over 20 years, and her company is in a unique position to give you the historical background and underground cultural scoops that most walking tours leave out.
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Host

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC)

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC) is an educational non-profit, created in 1998, to preserve and support the Lower East Side’s community of living synagogues and other historic structures, and to raise public awareness of the neighborhoods distinct cultural identity. As the birthplace of American Jewish civilization, and the most iconic immigrant neighborhood in America, we share this history by taking people on walking tours which enter sacred sites, where you learn how past generations came here, lived and worshiped. Learn more about LESJC here.
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