With its first synagogue erected in 1768, Montreal is home to one of the oldest, largest, and most diverse Jewish communities in Canada. Over the course of this immersive, six-day exploration of the city’s multicultural Jewish heritage, we’ll delve into traditions from across the diaspora, from Iraq to Morocco. We’ll see firsthand how waves of immigration have continuously shaped the city and its colorful tapestry of Judaism, touching upon local Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Mizrahi experiences. We’ll visit urban and rural communities alike, chat with local rabbis and historians, and sample extraordinary delicacies like meze, falafel, and rugelach—all the while exploring the nuances of what it means to be Jewish in Montreal.
The total cost of this trip is $2,280. For those traveling solo, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $425. Please contact us to request a single room.
Our trip begins with a welcome dinner in the Plateau neighborhood of Montreal. We recommend you arrive in Montreal by 2 p.m. on Day 1, so you can settle into our accommodations and meet the guide and group in time for dinner. Our trip concludes in the evening on Day 5. If you’ll be leaving Montreal directly after our trip, we’d recommend departing any time the following day. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do in the city on your own.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. In addition to walking within the city, guided visits to museums, and exploration of several other sites, we’ll take an easy nature hike (approximately four miles) around a lake on mostly flat terrain while in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts.
July in Montreal is usually a very pleasant time to walk around and explore the city. Daytime temperatures can reach up to around 80°F, dropping to the low 60s in the evenings.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
Your participation in this trip helps support local restaurants, musicians, and the creators of cultural projects that aim to promote Jewish multiculturalism and inclusiveness in the city. You'll encounter a broad representation of a large community, and diving into its history, from past to present, helps keep a plurality of voices alive and heard.