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Jewish heritage of Moldova and Ukraine

Jewish heritage of Moldova and Ukraine


The Jews of Ukraine and Moldova, along with others in the successor states of the old Russian Empire, have been at the center of some of the most dramatic events of modern history: the I and II World Wars, the Holocaust, revolutions, pogroms, political liberations, repressions, the breakup of the Soviet Union and the establishment of independent states. Jews in these countries have gone through dizzyingly rapid changes in economic and social mobility. There are many places you may visit - synagogues, memorials, schools, Jewish history museums, libraries and Jewish cemeteries. Today, Jewish communities of Moldova and Ukraine are witnessing great renaissance.
 

1 DAY
 

On arrival to Chisinau your acquaintance with the capital of Moldova starts. First, you check-in at the local hotel and meet local guide who will take you for 4 hours city tour including:

-       Holocaust Jewish Memorial (Jerusalem Str, Chisinau),
-       Jewish Cemetery (Milano Str, Chisinau),
-       Chisinau Synagogue ( Habad Liubavici Str, Chisinau),
-       Chisinau Jewish Pogrom 1903-1905 Memorial (Milano Str, Chisinau),
-       I. Manger Jewish Library (A. Diordita Str, Chisinau),
-       Jewish History Museum and Kishinev Jacobs Jewish Campus (KEDEM).
Lunch in the restaurant specialized in traditional Moldovan cuisine (optional) or on your preliminary request you you may have lunch with Kosher Food.

 

 2 DAY
 

After breakfast, we start our trip to Soroca town known for its sizable Roma minority. On arrival to Soroca we visit the fortress which is the unique monument of defensive architecture of Europe. After excursion we have lunch in the local restaurant. Then we’ll drive to the Roma’ district of Soroca famous by its “Posh” palaces. The highlights of the tour are local synagogue and cemetery. On your preliminary request we can even arrange a meeting with the local Jewish community leader.  
 

or Beltsy city, which is at present the biggest industrial and cultural center in the Northern part of Moldova. According to some sources, the first Jews appeared in this region of Moldova at the beginning of the 10th century. In 1580, the locality later named Beltsy was formed around a small Jewish tavern - korchma. During the second part of the 19th century, Jews made up more than 50% of the population in Beltsy and small surrounding settlements. Starting with 1989, the Beltsy Jewish community is the second biggest community after Kishinev as well as the regional center for 49 small towns and villages in the North of Moldova. Jewish population is 2,000 (plus about 600 from Beltsy periphery). Since 2000, the Beltsy community has a winning program with the Jewish Federation of Greensboro, NC that supports the main projects of the local Jewry. We shall visit the synagogue and the Association of the Jewish Organizations of Beltsy, the "Hesed Yakov" Welfare Center, JCC, that serve the local community. We will visit the local synagogue, the cemetery and speak to the local Jewish community. Return to Chisinau.
 

3 DAY
 

After check-out, early in the morning we start to Odessa. It takes about 4-5 hours to get there. Check-in at the local hotel. Lunch (optional). After lunch you’ll get acquainted with the Jewish places of Odessa presented by the local guide.  Odessa has been a center of Jewish culture for more than two hundred years of its existence. The Jewish community of Odessa was the metropolis for Jewish communities of USA (particularly New York), Germany, Australia, and other countries. During this tour you will visit some places in Odessa relevant to Jewish culture, find out about the history of Odessa Jewish community and get acquainted with their life. Dinner with Kosher Food (optional).
 

4 DAY
 

After breakfast and check-out you’ll have the second part of Odessa city tour. Afternoon free. Transfer to the International airport in Odessa.