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Jewish New Orleans

This tour takes a trip through the French Quarter with an emphasis on how Jews have contributed to the multi-ethnic gumbo known as New Orleans. The Jewish community has had an active presence in New Orleans since colonial times, contributing to our culture, business, and music. As you walk through the original city, you’ll learn about the earliest Jewish settlers, who could easily have lost their identity in a Catholic colony.

You’ll see where those who arrived in the 19th and 20th centuries lived and worked. You’ll learn how they contributed to the development and growth of the city, adding to the unique mingling of the old world and new that is New Orleans. Jews are among the strongest preservationists of the French Quarter and one of its most significant achievements, jazz. They are also having an impact on that other great New Orleans cultural contribution to the world, food.

The tour is two hours long and covers about a mile and a half in distance.

Tour Details


  • Thursday and Sunday 10 am and 1pm (Contact for other times.)
  • $40/person
  • 2 hour tour

Things you’ll see

  • Holocaust Memorial 
  • Jackson Square
  • Preservation Hall 
  • Homes of Jews in the French Quarter

Discussion Topics

  • Pirates
  • Philanthropists
  • Preservation of the French Quarter
  • Inquisition
  • Trade and Commerce