Jewish Moscow

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“God gave me as a Jew such a place in life—to live in Moscow”Judaism has a long history in Moscow. Despite centuries-long, deep-rooted antisemitism in Russia, raised to the level of government policy in certain time periods, Judaism did not disappear from the city, and the most accomplished representatives of the Jewish people are luminaries in Russian culture, science, and the arts.

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“God gave me as a Jew such a place in life—to live in Moscow”
Judaism has a long history in Moscow. Despite centuries-long, deep-rooted
antisemitism in Russia, raised to the level of government policy in certain time periods, Judaism did not disappear from the city, and the most accomplished representatives of the Jewish people are luminaries in Russian culture, science, and the arts.

Jewish sights are scattered around Moscow. Embark on this 4-hour tour of Moscow and learn about Jewish heritage and present-day community life on a private walking tour with our historian guide. Visit some of the most popular Jewish landmarks in the city such as the Jewish museum and tolerance center, the Choral Synagogue and the area around Big and Small Bronnaya street where some super rich Jews used to settle, you may sample kosher Jewish food in Jerusalem restaurant (optional).

The Jewish museum and tolerance center opened its doors for visitors in November, 2012, and is one of the largest Jewish museums in the world. It applies interactive media technologies which make the tour engaging, appealing to adults and younger audience, memorable, and thought-provoking.

Moscow Choral Synagogue was constructed in 1886 and has its own legend. This synagogue recently celebrated 100-year anniversary. It is a very impressive building, constructed by renowned Moscow architect Roman Klein. This synagogue was the only one that continued to operate throughout the Soviet years.

Not far from the synagogue is the area where Jewish quarter used to be in the 19th century.  It was a very small area very close to Red Square. It was completely destroyed in the Soviet times, but your Moscow guide will tell you about its past.

In the area of Small and Big Bronnaya street there lived in late 19th early 20th century the millionaire Lazar Polakov, who was the head of the Jewish community in Moscow. He built a private Synagogue. It was the first one to appear in Moscow. There was a tunnel for the congregation to escape during pogroms. Nearby you can see the Shalom Aleichem statue and the building of the former Jewish theatre where actor Solomon Mikhoels used to play.

Key highlights:

  • Private 4-hour tour of Moscow with our experienced guide.
  • Discover the Jewish heritage and learn about Jews’ history in Russia
  • Visit the Jewish Museum and center of tolerance.
  • Visit the Choral synagogue.
  • Walk in the former Jewish quarter and residential area
  • Kosher lunch/ snack (optional)

Itinerary:

9.30 am – Hotel pick-up

10.00 am – visit to the Jewish museum and tolerance center

12.00 am – visit Choral synagogue and former Jewish quarter

1.00 pm – visit the Jewish residential area

1.30 pm – Drop-off at your hotel or destination of your choice

What makes it different:

  • You can adjust the itinerary according to your wish: we offer ideas & you choose what you want.
  • We will meet you at your hotel with your personalized itinerary.
  • Your tour will be a lot of fun, not a history lesson.
  • You may ask your guide any question which interests you about people, ways and traditions.

Additional information

Weight 2 kg
Number of persons

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

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