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Kiev: 3-Hour Jewish Community

Product ID: 75801
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This Jewish tour is a great way to learn about the history of the Jewish community in Kiev as well as the names of the great Jewish people that contributed to the history of this city with a visit to two major synagogues (5 synagogues in Kiev).
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting times 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM
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Live tour guide
Ukrainian, English, German, Russian

Pickup included

Pickup is available from centrally-located hotels and accommodations in Kiev.

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  • Explore the History of the Jewish community in Kiev from the past to the present
  • Visit the Soviet era memorial to the to victims of the Holocaust at Baby Yar
  • Learn about the leading members of the Jewish Ukrainian community such as Golda Meir and Sholom Aleichem
Full description
Visit Lvivska Square in upper Kiev, the site of the Jewish Gate and learn about Jewish life in the medieval Kiev. Follow the way from Lukyanovka to Baby Yar Ravine. Visit a bronze monument to victims of the Holocaust. This monument was built in 1976 just after President Nixon’s (37th President of the US) visited Baby Yar. The Soviet era monument at Baby Yar is comprised of 11 sculptures two of which are especially moving. One depicts a mother with her baby at her breast while her hands are tied, symbolizing Ukraine being enslaved by the Nazis and the other a granddaughter mourning over her dead grandfather. Other monuments at Baby Yar are more recent such as Menorah (1991) and a children’s monument (2001). The bronze Menorah depicts Abraham, Isaak and a human procession. Its inauguration ceremony was attended by President Bush’s brother in 1991. The children’s monument was built to remember the 15,000 children and babies killed by the Nazis at Baby Yar during WWII.

Next visit Podil (lower Kiev) where Jews lived in the olden days and its synagogues from the late 19th century. The aristocratic Lipki area has a few lovely mansions built by wealthy Jews just next to the tsar’s palace. Now these mansions are used mostly by Ukrainian authorities. Finally, visit Choral Brodsky Synagogue (1898) and the adjacent area. Golda Meir and Sholom Aleichem once lived here. Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of Labor and Foreign Minister. Visit Solom Aleichem Museum to learn about his Ukrainian birthplace in Pereyaslav and members of his family.

Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich, better known under his pen name Sholem Aleichem (March 2 [O.S. February 18] 1859 – May 13, 1916), was a leading Yiddish author and playwright. See the Golda Meir memorial plague and the Solom Aleichem statue. Also visit the Bessarabsky roofed market (1911) built by Brodsku’s money. To see objects of Jewish worship such as silver, Torah crowns, shields, pointers, etc. (18th to 19th centuries ) visit the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine.
  • Private guided tour
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Walking tour
  • Tour includes transportation by private vehicle, minivan, or minibus
What’s Not Included
  • Please know you should pay the entrance fees for your private guide in case you visit the Museum WWII or the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and photos are available for purchase
  • Transportation to/ from attractions and hotel drop-off during the walking tour

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Important information
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• Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2-days of travel. In this case, confirmation will be received within 24-hours, subject to availability.
• During the walking tour you will travel by public bus and metro between sightseeing points

From US$ 68.78 Per group up to 3

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