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First mentioning of Jews as Kishinev residents refers to the beginng of the 18th century. According to the census of 1897, the Jewish population of Kishinev was more than 50,000 people, i.e. as high as . .
Country: Moldova
City: Chisinau
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Dark History Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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First mentioning of Jews as Kishinev residents refers to the beginng of the 18th century. According to the census of 1897, the Jewish population of Kishinev was more than 50,000 people, i.e. as high as 46% of the total city population. In 1903, Kishinev suffered the notorious "Kishinev Pogrom" when 49 Jewish people were killed or died of wounds and approximately 500 were injured.

The Pogrom was probably the most significant event in Moldova's Jewish history, foreshadowing further persecutions of its Jews that culminated in the Holocaust several decades later. However, the Pogrom was also a decisive turning point for the Jewish community, helping them to realize the need for national independence and a Jewish state. News of this pogrom spread throughout the world and it also became the topic of Bialik's famous poem "Al Hash'kita" ("On the Slaughter").

Before World War II there were 77 synagogues and about 70,000 Jews in Kishinev. 53,000 perished during the Holocaust. At the present time, about 15,000 Jews and Jewish family members reside in Kishinev.

DAY 1: Chisinau

On arrival in Chisinau, your acquaintance with the capital of Moldova starts. First, you check in at the local hotel and meet a local guide who will take you for 4 hours city tour including:

- Holocaust Jewish Memorial (Jerusalem Str, Chisinau),

- Jewish Cemetery (Milano Str, Chisinau),
- Chisinau Synagogue ( Habad Liubavici Str, Chisinau),
- Chisinau Jewish Pogrom 1903-1905 Memorial (Milano Str, Chisinau),
- I. Manger Jewish Library (A. Diordita Str, Chisinau),
- Jewish History Museum and Kishinev Jacobs Jewish Campus (KEDEM).

Lunch in the restaurant specialized in traditional Moldovan cuisine (optional) or on your preliminary request you may have lunch with Kosher Food.

DAY 2: Trip to Soroca Town

After breakfast, we start our trip to Soroca town known for its sizable Roma minority. On arrival at Soroca, we visit the fortress which is the unique monument of the defensive architecture of Europe. After the excursion, we have lunch in the local restaurant.

Then we’ll drive to the Roma district of Soroca famous for its “Posh” palaces. The highlights of the tour are the local synagogue and cemetery. On your preliminary request, we can even arrange a meeting with the local Jewish community leader.

Or Beltsy city, which is at present the biggest industrial and cultural center in the Northern part of Moldova. According to some sources, the first Jews appeared in this region of Moldova at the beginning of the 10th century.

In 1580, the locality later named Beltsy was formed around a small Jewish tavern - korchma. During the second part of the 19th century, Jews made up more than 50% of the population in Beltsy and small surrounding settlements. Starting in 1989, the Beltsy Jewish community is the second biggest community after Kishinev as well as the regional center for 49 small towns and villages in the North of Moldova.

The Jewish population is 2,000 (plus about 600 from Beltsy periphery). Since 2000, the Beltsy community has had a winning program with the Jewish Federation of Greensboro, NC that supports the main projects of the local Jewry. We shall visit the synagogue and the Association of the Jewish Organizations of Beltsy, the "Hesed Yakov" Welfare Center, JCC, that serves the local community. We will visit the local synagogue, and the cemetery and speak to the local Jewish community. Return to Chisinau.

Included Services:

Transport by air condition from/to Airport

Servicii de transport pe tot parcursul programului

English speaking specialized guide

Entrance fees, according to the program

2 nights accommodation with half board (breakfast + dinner)


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