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Odessa Jewish Heritage

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Duration: 4 hours

Walking: moderate

Venues visited: Potemkin Staircase, Shomrei Shabbos, Shomrei Shabbos

Begin your exploration of Odessa's Jewish Heritage from Potemkin Staircase, and learn how the city gained its sobriquet, Gateway to Zion. Many world-renowned names including Jascha Heifetz, Emil Gilels, David Oistrakh, Nathan Milstein, Leon Brodsky, Isaac Babel and Vladimir Jabotinskiy are closely connected with the history of Odessa.

Proceed to one of the newly opened synagogues of Odessa, Shomrei Shabbos. In the synagogue's white spacious worship hall, learn about the present-day life of the Jewish community in Odessa. Passing by the impressive building ofc, the house of Jabotinsky, soon reach Jewish Street where the Old Main Synagogue with its stone edifice has been relocated. This now active synagogue was revived following the end of the Soviet atheistic era. Proceed for a visit to the Moldavanka district, where in a small park are two dark grey marble stones, one engraved in lighter shades with a menorah, and the other with a Magen David. The inscription declares, "Remember in the name of the future. This reminder of the Holocaust’s horror, which affected Odessa severely during the WWII, stands at the beginning of "death road," where the Jews were forced to walk on the way to their brutal demise.

Reboarding your coach, drive along Miasoedovskaya Street, still known as Shalom Aleichem, to view another historical landmark, the Jewish Hospital, which was founded in 1802.

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Frank Schuppert
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visit of Brodyky Synagogue
Reply #2 on : Wed July 10, 2013, 08:10:24
Hi all,

On Friday, August 29, 2014 (!) we will be in Odessa with the ship Azamara Quest”. We will be on a tour which ends at 4:00 pm. We still want to see the Brodsky Synagogue, maybe the Jewish Museum too. Can you pick us up where the ship is docked and accompany us for this period of time? We are in no hurry; the ship is leaving at 11:00 pm at night. We just need to be back for dinner. Maybe another synagogue as well?n We that is my wife Maria and myself, Frank. And how much would it cost?
Best regards
Frank
Pat
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visit to synagogue
Reply #1 on : Thu December 22, 2011, 18:55:09
We will be in Odessa at Rosh Hashana and would like to attend synagogue. We are only there for one day on a cruise ship - can we arrange access and directions well in advance?