Jewish Odessa Walking Tour (2 1/5-hour)

Sylvester Stallone, Sydney Pollack, David Copperfield, Kirk Douglas, Steven Spielberg, Sigmund Freud, Bob Dylan, Boris Pasternak – these are just a few celebrity names, whose family roots are connected with Odessa.

How did Odessa become the third largest city in terms of Jewish population in the world by the end of the XlX century? What made the Jews in Russian Empire and Odessa escape the country at the first decade of the XX century? On this 2.5-hour walking tour we’ll talk about the “Golden Age” of Odessa’s Jewish community:

from the city’s foundation till the late eighteen hundreds. How Odessa became the “star in exile” for a Russian Jew, the first pogroms, the Haskalah movement and Odessa’s Palestine Committee. We’ll see the Main City and Brodsky Synagogues, Isaac Babel’s monument and the house where “the modern Israel was founded”, the places described in a Shalom Aleichem story and de Waal’s “The Hare with Amber Eyes”.
Odessa Jewish sights

Join us to walk in the footsteps of Odessa’s famous Jews and explore the fascinating story of the Jewish community in the XlX century. To receive a detailed tour itinerary or to book this tour, email at

Looking forward to meeting you in Odessa!



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