ODESSA JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR

This Jewish Odessa tour explores the city’s Jewish story. “Star in Exile” for an Eastern European Jew in the 19th century. The center of the Haskalah and Zionism. In hundred years Odessa became the third largest Jewish city in the world.

On this Jewish Odessa tour we explore the fascinating history of city’s Jewry from the early days till modern time. By car and on foot we visit sights, connected with the prominent names. We walk in the footsteps of the famous Zionist Ze’ev Jabotinsky. We explore the turn-of-the twentieth century Odessa described in his novel “The Five”.

The tour takes you to the temples – the Great Choral Synagogue and Shomrei Shabbos Synagogue. We follow in the footsteps of Odessa’s Zionists, including the first mayor of Tel Aviv Meir Dizengoff and see the location of Odessa’s Palestine Committee. We explore some of the darkest sides of Odessa’s Jewish history – pogroms and Holocaust.

But more importantly, we not just visit the sights, our guides skillfully tell the story of the Jewish Odessa, covering spiritual, religious and business aspects and talk of the evolvement of the local Jewish community from old to modern days.

The two contrasting phrases – “To live like God in Odessa” and “The fires of hell burn for 7 miles around Odessa” originated among the Ashkenazi Jews about the nineteenth century Odessa. Odessa welcomed Jews and yet the first riot against the Jews in the Russian Empire happened here; while paradise in the eyes of some, the city was a hotbed of depravity in the eyes of others. Odessa enthusiastically embraced the Haskalah, yet later became home to Zionism.

Jewish Odessa is a phenomenon that attracts many historians, researchers, as well as ordinary travelers. Despite WW2 and decades of anti-Semitism under the Soviet regime, the city preserved a lot of its Jewish sights, which we explore by foot and car.

Aah, and if you’ve read the famous Edmund de Waal’s bestseller “The Hare with Amber Eyes” and keen on walking in the footsteps of the Ephrussis, then you should definitely take this tour!

 

“Olga introduced us in the history of Jews of Odessa in a very interesting way. We really enjoyed it. She could talk about all aspects of life in Odessa. One of the best guides I’ve ever met!”

TOUR DURATION

5 hrs

TOUR TYPE

On foot and by car

SIGHTS INCLUDED INTO THE TOUR

*Main City Synagogue

*Shomrei Shabbos synagogue

*Brodsky synagogue

*Isaac Babel statue

*Memorial to the 1905 pogrom victims

*Jewish cemetery

*Holocaust memorial

*Odessa’s Palestine Committee building

*Ze’ev Jabotinsky plaque

*Building of Talmud-Tora

*Buildings of Jewish charity organizations

These are just some of the sights included into the tour. Email us for the complete tour itinerary and price.

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