Explore 270 years of history with Philadelphia Jewish History Tours
All About Philadelphia Jewish History Tours
I have been fascinated with Philadelphia's Jewish history all my life. I loved my grandparents' stories about the old neighborhoods, and I learn something new with each group that I speak to or take on tour. From the woman who pointed out her father's butcher shop, to the man who sang his haftorah on the bimah in the former synagogue where his bar mitzvah took place decades prior, to the recollections of personalities both quirky and renowned. I am happy to speak to your group, or take individuals or classes on tours. We can customize to your interest!
Dr. Michael Schatz, native of Philadelphia whose family has lived in the region since the turn of the 20th century, shares his passion for history, Jewish life, synagogue architecture, as well as local stories and customs in a variety of tour itineraries. Dr. Schatz holds bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in education and Jewish studies from Vassar College, Arcadia University, and Gratz College. As past president of the Jewish Educators Assembly, Schatz has been a formal and informal Jewish educator for over two decades. He was awarded the degree Doctor of Pedagogy, honoris causa, from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Tours and Programs
Bring your family on a stroll through Philadelphia's historic Jewish Quarter, or take your adult learners on a trolley tour of other neighborhoods to explore the former Jewish enclaves in north, west and south Philly. Or bring me out to give a single presentation or series on Philly Jewish History for your school or community group!
Jewish Quarter Walking Tour
$300 FOR 2 HOURS- UP TO 20 PARTICIPANTS
Come see where the turn of the 20th century Jewish immigrants lived, worked, prayed and played. Includes synagogues, banks, bakeries, schools.
The City Grows North
$300 FOR 2 HOURS 20 MAX FOR WALKING, AS MANY AS YOUR BUS HOLDS FOR TROLLEY TOURS
Walking or by bus/vehicle, we traverse the once elegant Broad Street of the Gilded Age. Rodeph Shalom, the former Mikveh Israel, and the Frank Synagogue at Einstein (only by driving) are featured.
Jewish Neighborhoods of the 20th Century
$300 FOR 2 HOURS
Customized bus tours can include Strawberry Mansion, Wynnefield, Logan, West Oak Lane, and more. Remember the streets, houses, delis, and shuls of the past as we drive through and go inside some!
CUSTOM- CALL TO SCHEDULE
Dr. Schatz can offer hour long special programs, or can teach a 4, 6 or 8 week course in an adult education setting on Philadelphia Jewish History for your synagogue, JCC or adult program.
Tour Testimonials and Partial Client List
5 Stars all the way. The tour with Dr. Michael Schatz was so wondeful. I brought 21 students from the Conservative synagogue I work with to Philly and Dr. Michael helped me plan our whole trip in Philly. He walked us through every step and the Jewish historical tour with him was outstanding. Our high school students learned so much and had a great time! Thank you Dr. Schatz for sharing your wisdom and knowledge with our group.
DR. ELIYAHU KRIGEL
I have gone on two tours through the Klein Center and could not be more pleased. Michael, our tour guide, was so knowledgeable on every level and never wasted an opportunity for emparting that knowledge. Everyone was expecting us and tours were very professionally organized. I would highly recommend for any organization whether it be Jewish, Philadelphia or Historical in nature. 5 Stars!
Golden Slipper Gems
Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El
Beth Sholom Congregation
Temple Beth Hillel Beth El
Har Zion Temple
Congregation Beth El, Voorhees NJ
Herzl Ner Tamid, Mercer Island WA
Pine Brook Jewish Center, Montville NJ
Beth El, Bethesda MD
Adat Shalom, Detroit MI
Cheltenham Township Adult School
Ohev Shalom, Richboro
Temple Beth Sholom, Roslyn NY
Tiferet Bet Israel, Blue Bell
Diller Teen Fellows
JEVS Summer Interns
Private family groups