St. Petersburg Jewish Heritage Private Tour with Grand Choral Synagogue

St. Petersburg Jewish Heritage Private Tour with Grand Choral Synagogue
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$51
Duration: 6 hours
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Learn the history and cultural heritage of the Jewish community of Saint Petersburg by paying a visit to the Grand Choral Synagogue, YESOD (the Jewish community center) and Russian Museum of Ethnography. Fancy the second largest synagogue in Europe which was built in 1888 and consecrated in 1893. Despite the fact that the Grand Choral Synagogue was bombed during the Siege of Leningrad, the Jewish community has survived during this horrid period and has been restoring its sacramental place within several years.
Learn how rich the Jewish heritage is by attending the Russian Museum of Ethnography where you will see a unique collection of Jewish artwork. The state-of-the-art YESOD Jewish cultural center will open its doors for you as well to introduce activities and events which are held there.

Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel and start exploring the city and its major landmarks on your way to the Grand Choral Synagogue which is the home of the Jewish community in Saint Petersburg. Get ready to see such notable city destinations, as St. Isaac's cathedral, Church on the Spilled Blood, Admiralty, Spit of St.Basil's Island, Peter and Paul Fortress, Aurora cruiser, Peter's Log cabin, Smolny convent, St.Michaels castle, the Russian Museum, Alexander-Nevsky lavra and much more!
On your arrival to the synagogue, one of the community members will greet you and show you around the place telling the history and life of Jews in Russia and difficulties that members had to overcome to build the synagogue and establish their community. The Grand Choral Synagogue was built under the rule of Alexander II in 1888 and consecrated in 1893. Learn some facts concerning its construction and restrictions which were imposed on it. The synagogue has come through crises during the Soviet period and was demolished during the Siege of Leningrad. Nowadays you have an opportunity to behold the newly restored synagogue.
Pay a visit to Russian Museum of Ethnography which comprises the rich Jewish ethnographic collection of more than 1,000 objects. Behold a rare cultural treasure which consists of written records, postcards and pictures by Jewish artists. The exhibition is dedicated to Ashkenazi Jews mostly, though you will find references to Georgian Jews and Mountain Jews in different sections of the museum.
After that you will visit the YESOD Jewish cultural center which is considered to be the hub of the Jewish community in Saint Petersburg. It is a venue where popular Jewish and Israeli cultural events, such as music and dance performances, art exhibitions and lectures are held.
You will finish your tour at a location of your choosing.

NOTE: Upon your wish you are free to attend the Jewish music concert for an extra charge (a private concert costs 400$ per group, a public scheduled concert is priced 15$ per person). If you would like this service, you need to contact the supplier to confirm the concert availability for the requested date.

Learn the history and cultural heritage of the Jewish community of Saint Petersburg by paying a visit to the Grand Choral Synagogue, YESOD (the Jewish community center) and Russian Museum of Ethnography. Fancy the second largest synagogue in Europe which was built in 1888 and consecrated in 1893. Despite the fact that the Grand Choral Synagogue was bombed during the Siege of Leningrad, the Jewish community has survived during this horrid period and has been restoring its sacramental place within several years.
Learn how rich the Jewish heritage is by attending the Russian Museum of Ethnography where you will see a unique collection of Jewish artwork. The state-of-the-art YESOD Jewish cultural center will open its doors for you as well to introduce activities and events which are held there.