Odessa Jewish heritage tour

Jewish Odessa is a state in state, and the colorful “Odessa language” is recognizable everywhere in the world. At the beginning of the 20th century, Odessa had the 3d largest Jewish population in the world after Warsaw and Prague. Sholom Aleichem, Isaac Babel, Vladimir Zhabotinsky, Mikhail Zhvanetsky, and many other celebrities came from here. The Jewish tradition is still strong today. There are several communities, synagogues, restaurants, and cultural societies in Odessa. During our tour, you will learn interesting facts from the history of Jewish Odessa, visit famous synagogues and memorable places, and hear the unique sayings of the world famous “Odessa language”.

  1. The main synagogue of Odessa
  2. The former Brodsky Synagogue
  3. Alley of the Righteous
  4. Odessa Courtyards
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Tour highlights (just a small part of the sites you’ll see):
Odessa synagogues


The main synagogue of Odessa was built in 1850 by F.Morandi. In Soviet times, the Pedagogical Institute was located in the synagogue building. Today it houses the reception office of the Chief Rabbi of Odessa, the Jewish Religious Community, and Odessa Jewish University.

The former Brodsky Synagogue is now the building of the State Archives. In the 19th century, the first reformed choral synagogue was opened here, and for the first time in the Russian Empire an organ was mounted.

Holocaust related places


The memory of the people who had saved the Jews from the fascist genocide was preserved not only in the Righteous Among the Nations title. To honor them, grateful people of Odessa planted an alley of trees in 2001.

At the beginning of the Alley of the Righteous, there is the Holocaust Memorial which is the first Ukrainian sculpture of Zurab Tsereteli. A memorial sign is at the other end of the Alley.

Dwellings of Odessa’s famous inhabitants


Walking around Odessa, you will visit places where famous Jewish writers, historians, and public figures such as Vladimir Zhabotinsky, Haim Nachman Bialik, Sholom Aleichem, Isaac Babel, Semyon Dubnov lived in different years.

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  • Excursions

Duration: 2,5 hours


  • 1 person – 80$
  • 2 persons – 40$

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