Russian Life: Jewish Tour
Moscow and St Petersburg (8 days, 7 nights)
This tour offers a detailed look into the history and present-day life of the Jewish community of two Russian capitals. You will see places connected with the most prominent representatives of the community, meet community members at Jewish Centres and visit the new Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre in Moscow considered to be the largest Jewish museum in the world.
The tour may be split into two parts covering Moscow / or St Petersburg sights exclusively.
Day 1, Mon
Arrive Moscow, meet your guide, get assistance and transfer to your chosen hotel.
Day 2, Tue
AM Depart hotel
Visit Hesed Chama Welfare Center including lunch and interaction with the elderly.
Through the Hesed Welfare Program, JDC provides material support in the form of food, lifesaving medicine, and winter relief to ensure that the greatest number of poor and elderly Jews are adequately nourished and cared for.
PM Visit to Red Square, the Kremlin and Armoury
The Kremlin Armoury is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1808 and located in the Moscow Kremlin. The Kremlin Armoury originated as the royal arsenal in 1508.
Dinner (table reservation in a Jewish restaurant).
Day 3, Wed
AM Depart hotel
Visit to Choral Synagogue and meet with the Chief Rabbi of Moscow – TBC
Visit to Tretyakov Gallery – the premier museum of Russian art, including thousands of works from the 11th to 20th centuries. The gallery was founded as a private collection of the wealthy 19th century merchant Tretyakov.
Lunch in the Gallery’s restaurant
PM Visit to the Jewish Museum of Tolerance
The world’s largest Jewish Museum opened to widespread praise from politicians and Jewish leaders, giving cause for hope with regard to contemporary Russia’s view of the Jewish people.
Free evening – Optional cultural event: the Bolshoi Ballet – TBC
Day 4, Thu
Check out of hotel, free time until train departure to St Petersburg
13:30Depart Moscow to St Petersburg by train
18:00Arrive St Petersburg and transfer to hotel
Evening canal cruise
Day 5, Fri
AM Depart hotel
Visit to YESOD JCC. Welcome briefing, tour of the building: Interactive visit to the Granatik Kindergarten; the Day Care Center; the Elderly club.
Yesod is a centrally located, state-of-the-art, four-storey building, specially designed to respond to the current and future needs of the community.
Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress
Founded in 1703, the Peter and Paul Fortress served to protect the new Russian capital from imminent attacks of the Swedish fleet.
Lunch in a Jewish restaurant
PM Visit the Hermitage
The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artifacts of the world culture including paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material.
Day 6, Sat
Aftre breakfast, walk to Grand Choral Synagogue (25 mins). You’ll be walking through Kolomna District, one of the oldest areas of St Petersburg and the centre of Jewish life in the 19th century.
10:00Shabbat services at Grand Choral Synagogue
Lunch at Lechaim restaurant located in Grand Chorale Synagogue
PM Guided Walking tour including visit to St. Isaacs Cathedral
17:15 Depart hotel for Seuda Shlishit dinner at Lechaim restaurant in the Grand Chorale Synagogue
19:00Depart on foot
19:30Performance at the Mariinsky Theatre – TBC
Day 7, Sun
AM Depart for visit to Catherine’s Palace
Visit Catherine’s Palace and walk in Catherine Park
Lunch in the local restaurant located in Catherine park
PM Depart and walk to the ‘Formula of Sorrow’ monument near Catherine palace
Opened on 13 October 1991, “Formula or Sorrow” is a tragic monument to the hundreds of Jews shot at the same place during the Nazi occupation of 1941-1944. It became the first monument to genocide of Jews opened in Russia.
Depart to visit Peterhof Royal residence
Visit the Great Peterhof Palace and walk in the Lower Park with its 150 fountains
Hydrofoil ride back to St Petersburg
Dinner in a Jewish restaurant
DAY 8, Mon
Transfer and departure