Explore Jewish sites in Odessa
If you have Jewish roots you may find it interesting to visit Odessa as this town once had the biggest Jewish community in the Russian Empire, and later in the Soviet Union too. In fact, there was a saying in Odessa: who is not a Jew in Odessa? While there have been a host of other nationalities in Odessa, and the language which is mainly spoken here is Russian, it cannot be denied that the Jewish influence on the culture and history of Odessa is great, and many of native Odessites do have Jewish ancestors even if they claim to be Russian or Ukrainian. Actually, the Russian language spoken in Odessa is quite different from that used in Russia, not the least because of the Jewish flavor.
There are many locations of Jewish Heritage in Odessa like synagogues, monuments, hospitals founded by Jews, etc. Some of the locations are historical but there are some that are used now like synagogues where you can meet local members of the Odessa Jewish Community. There is a museum dedicated to Jewish History of Odessa.
- Habad Shomrei Shabos Synagogue,
- Great Choral Synagogue,
- Brodska Synagogue,
- Kosher Meat Butcher Synagogue,
- Jewish University,
- Holocaust Victims Monument,
- Holocaust Museum (working hours: Tue thru Fri 11:00-16:00, Sun 11:00-14:00, admission: free)
- Location of the killing of 22000 Jews by Nazis,
- Jewish Ghetto in Slobodka,
- Jewish Hospital,
- Odessa Museum of Jewish History (working hours: Mon thru Thu 12:30-19:00, Sun 10:30-16:00; admission: $5 per person),
- Jewish Cultural Center,
- Jewish Cemeteries.
PLEASE NOTE that if you are also interested in other sights in Odessa you should book the Private Shore Excursion Tour which is longer. It is possible to include the above sites in its itinerary but if you choose this tour it is limited to Jewish sites only.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up at the cruise ship terminal or elsewhere in Odessa.
End location: I will part with you at the cruise ship terminal or wherever you wish.
Duration: 5 hours
This tour is not offered on an hourly basis. The specified duration is only for reference (that is how long the longest tour can last). The bottom line is WE SELL TOURS AND EXPERIENCE RATHER THAN HOURS.
My car (not air-conditioned).
If it is important for you to have an air-conditioned vehicle it is possible to arrange it (a third-party taxi) but this will require a separate tour and its price might be different.
My services as your personal tour guide and a private car (Volga). It is a Soviet classic vehicle without seat belts and air-conditioning. See Tour Photos of the Car used during the tour, 1968 Volga
Estimated Local Cash Needed
500 UAH - You may need up to $20 per person for museum entrance fees, etc. Meals/snacks, souvenirs may add up more.
Some museums may require an entrance fee of about $5 per person.
You may also need to buy some drinks or snacks as we go, or you may like some souvenirs.
Please note that my car is not air-conditioned. If you need an air-conditioned car, please let me know and I will create a customized tour for you.
1. My car has no A/C.
2. Call me if you don't see me within 5 min.
3. No responsibility for 3rd parties.
4. May not know everything about some places.
5. Cannot be a guide while driving.
6. Walk close to me.
7. Please agree with your mates on everything.
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Igor was an awesome guide. He spoke English perfectly and was quick to translate any signs or placards we needed help with during the tour. Although one of the museums he planned to take us to was closed (through no fault of his own), we still got to see the museum and he filled us in about the information surrounding it. He was incredibly informative and since our tour went really quick (we're very fast sightseers), he added on extra sights at the end. Overall, great experience.