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Kyiv: Jewish Heritage 3-Hour Walking Tour

Kyiv: Jewish Heritage 3-Hour Walking Tour

From US$ 170 per group up to 10

Explore the Jewish heritage of Kyiv on a tour of its Jewish neighborhoods. See synagogues and monuments to Jewish heroes, learn about Jewish history in the Ukrainian capital and discover the origin of the saying, “Teaching comes from Kyiv.”

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Duration 3 hours
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English, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Russian
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the history of the Jewish community in Kyiv
  • Learn about the famous representatives of the Jewish community
  • Visit the sacred synagogues of Kyiv
Full description

This 3-hour walking tour is a great option to explore the history of the Jewish community in Kyiv, as well as to discover the names of the great Jewish people that have contributed to the history of the city. During the tour visit the Jewish quarter, enter the main synagogue and see some monuments dedicated to famous Jewish people. The history of Kyiv dates back many centuries and is inseparable from the history of the local Jewish community, whose origin dates to the time of the pre-Christian Rus. There is a dispute among scholars about the starting point of the Jews of Kyiv. However, nobody would dispute the actual fact of the existence of a very old Jewish community in the city. The fact is supported by documents, such as a letter sent in the first half of the 10th-Century by Kyiv Jews to their co-religionists, discovered in a synagogue in Cairo. There are also Kyiv chronicles that provide recorded evidence that a Jewish quarter existed in ancient Kyiv at Zhydove. During the Tartar invasion, Jews in Kyiv and other city residents were severely tormented. Nevertheless, by the end of the 13th-Century, the Jewish community of the city had been revived. The city became a cultural and religious center of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, a fact supported by the contemporaneous Jewish saying, “Teaching comes from Kyiv.” On this 3-hour walking tour of the Jewish areas of the Ukraine capital, discover much of this history and the origin of the saying. Explore significant sites, such as Shevchenko Boulevard and the Bessarabian Market. Visit the Brodsky Synagogue and pass the house with a memorial plaque to Golda Meir. It is a fascinating journey in the company of an expert guide who will show you another side of Kyiv to complete your vacation.

Includes
  • Shota Rustavelli Str.
  • Sholom-Aleykhem Monument
  • Brodskiy Synagogue
  • Iosif Trumpeldorf
  • Bessarabian Market
  • House with memorial board of Golda Meir
  • Shevchenko Boulevard
  • Yakov Bergner and Bagrov - corner Khreschatyk Str.
  • Shevchenko Boulevard
  • Podil Synagogue
  • Babiy Yar
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Brodsky Synagogue, Shota Rustaveli St, 13

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Overall rating

5 /5

based on 4 reviews

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Been in Kyiv for a while and wanted to know more about the places I walk through every day and boy, did I get my moneys worth. Not a pure list of historic data, but a vivid presentation of History and Jewish heritage in Kyiv in the places where it happened. A very rich and inspiring experience for the intuitive traveler but peppered with abundantly precise historic facts. I also brought me into otherwise inaccessible places. The friendly presentation, pointing out of collateral information such as recommended restaurants and other worthwhile things to know made this a very pleasant Kyiv weekend activity.

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July 5, 2021

excellent

great tour-over 3 hours all over Kiev and did not waste any time in traffic by travelling by metro

June 17, 2013

Friendly and well-informed guide

Anna was an excellent and enthusiastic guide. She was friendly, very well-informed and spoke very good English.

June 26, 2012

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