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 meet you at the cruise ship terminal, your hotel or elsewhere within the city of Odessa (please specify).
End location: End location: I will drop you off at the cruise ship terminal, your hotel or elsewhere within the city of Odessa (please specify).
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 1968 Volga classic car (not air-conditioned). It can take up to 4 passengers and is big enough (16 by 6 feet).
If it is important for you to have a modern, bigger or an air-conditioned vehicle it is possible to arrange it (a third-party taxi) but this will require a separate tour and its price will be different. Message me for details.
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.
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 is extremely knowledgeable of the Jewish History of Odessa. He took us to all the important Jewish sites and we were able to interact with the people at some of those sites. The 2 active Synagogues, Jewish Community Center, The Holocaust Memorial and Jewish cemetery were exceptional highlight. He was able to arrange an air condition van for our group of 5. We would absolutely recommend him to anyone wanting an outstanding Jewish Tour of Odessa