Jewish Heritage of Kiev


Jews have been living in Kiev almost from the moment of its foundation. The first document mentioning Kiev was the 10th century letter written in Hebrew. And in the 15th century, so many Jewish sages lived there that the saying “Teaching comes from Kiev” appeared.

Those times left no traces, but many architectural sights of modern Kiev appeared thanks to Jewish patrons and architects in the 19th century.

Nowadays, Kiev houses three active synagogues, and the Jewish Community Center. Moreover, the first post-Soviet memorial center of the Holocaust will start its work at the place of the tragedy in Babi Yar ravine in 2021.

Route
  1. Museum of Historical Treasures
  2. Golda Meir's House
  3. Sholem Aleichem Museum
  4. Bessarabian Market
  5. Babiy Yar
  6. the Main Kiev Synagogue
  7. Brodsky Synagogue
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Jewish Heritage of Kiev comprises:
Architectural sights

Kyiv


Thanks to Jewish patrons and architects, the Bessarabian market, the Opera House, the Operetta Theater, the National Art Museum, the Teacher’s House and many other buildings appeared on the Kiev map.

Memory of the outstanding Jews

Kyiv


Many famous Jewish industrialists, scientists, writers, and artists worked in Kiev. The Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir and the pianist Vladimir Horowitz were born here, writers Sholem Aleichem and Isaak Babel as well as merchants Lazar Brodsky and Lev Ginzburg also lived in Kiev.

Babi Yar and Jewish cemetery

Kyiv


Babi Yar is one of the most famous places in the world associated with the Holocaust tragedy. Nowadays, a memorial sign is set up, and by 2021, the first post-Soviet memorial center of the Holocaust will have been built there. Nearby are the remains of the 19th century Jewish cemetery.

Judaica unique collection

Kyiv


At the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine you can see a collection of the 19th century Jewish ceremonial silver, which was considered lost for a long time. One of the collection’s main elements is the unique Torah Crown made in 1875. Its size, excellence and rich décor make it world-unrivalled.

Three synagogues

Kyiv


  • The Rosenberg Synagogue in Podol district is the main and the oldest Kiev synagogue (1894),
  • The Brodsky Choral Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Kiev (1897),
  • The Galician Synagogue (1910).
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What's included?
  • Transport
  • Excursions
  • Entrance tickets

Duration: 4 hours

Price (per person):

  • 1 persons – $167
  • 2 persons – $ 88
  • 3-4 persons – $58
  • 5-6 persons – $35

Inclusions:

  • Transport by air-conditioned car (or mini-bus)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance tickets to the Sholom Aleichem Museum
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Kristina, London

We had an amazing trip to Kyiv thanks to Wonders & Holidays team. This place is not to be missed- it’s magical we will be back! We had such a great driver Vladimir who knew exactly how best to navigate around Kiev with fantastic local knowledge. And Daria our guide was exceptional speaking multiple languages and making our trip interesting and fun. And big thanks to Nick who put this tailored made programme for us the way we wanted and accommodated us on every wish we made to be fit for a little child. We have amazing memories of our 3 days in Kiev! Thank you!

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Aiden, Chicago, USA

We did the beer tour in Kiev. Five beers in five different bars for two of us and our guide. That was a great chance to hang out with some locals, get to know the history and city a bit more, all while enjoying some of the unique local beers you can only find in Kiev. Our guide was very knowledgeable and great company and we had a fantastic evening! Highly recommended!

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Emma, Hamburg, Germany

Highly recommend taking a tour with Wonders & Holidays. I learned so much about Ukrainian history that I wouldn't have on my own and the tour guides feel like friends (rather than just guides). I went on the Kiev in 180 minutes sightseeing tour with Igor and it was such a great experience. He was an excellent guide not only did he explain the history so well, but also answered any related or unrelated questions about Kiev and Ukraine. Both Igor and our driver Gestutas were so personable, accommodating, kind and professional - I hope I get the chance to go back again to take another tour with them.

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