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Jewish Bukovyna and Podillia

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8 Days
Availability : Sep 17’ - Dec 18’
Kyiv (KBP/IEV)
Lviv (LWO)
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 99
Tour Details

Podillia and Bukovyna were major Jewish centers as far back as the 13th Century and were home to over one million Jews, with unique cultural characteristics and a vibrant intellectual and spiritual life. These regions produced prominent Jewish thinkers, rabbis and Hassidic courts, who created influential texts and institutions that have had a long-lasting impact on the Jewish world. The Torah scholars and Jewish intellectuals of Podillia and Bukovyna were known for their tolerance and openness towards modernity, while being firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and learning. This thriving Jewish world was wiped out in the Holocaust.

Join us for our 8 days Grand Tour to get vibrant impressions of Jewish heritage sights of the South West of Ukraine.

Departure & Return Location

Intl. Airport Boryspil (KBP) (Google Map) | Intl. Airport Kyiv (IEV) (Google Map) | Kyiv Railway Station (Google Map)

Departures

Every Monday

Price Includes

  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Kosher Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Train tickets
  • 4 star hotels accommodation
  • Shabbat Activities

Price Excludes

  • Air fare
  • Visa assitance
  • Any Private Expenses

Complementaries

  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect
  • English, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, Hebrew Guide
  • Sights of Jewish History & Culture
  • Visit to the Tzaddiq's Grave
  • Kosher Meals
Itinerary

Day 1 - MondayKyiv Jewish Heritage tour

Arriving to Boryspil (KBP) or Zhuliany (IEV) airport, meet/greet at the airport, transfer and check-in at hotel, freshen up.
After Kosher lunch Kyiv Jewish Heritage tour: Visit to Podil, the oldest Jewish district of Kyiv, Synagogue of the Kyiv Judaic Religous Community, former houses of worship and Talmud-Torah (2 h). Visit to the Holocaust Memorial in Babyn Yar (2 h).
Transfer to the Railway Station for trip to Chernivtsi (train #117, departure on 18:43). Dinner box. Overnight in train.

Day 2 - TuesdayChernivtsi Jewish Heritage tour & Sadgora

Arrival to Chernivtsi (08:18), transfer to the hotel. Freshen-up.
Chernivtsi Jewish Heritage tour: Jewish House on Theater Square; The building of the old synagogue and the hospital in Barbusse Street; Orphanages, senior citizens’ houses and asylums for poor Jews, Family and home synagogues, pray-houses, houses of Jewish communities and the educational center Toynbikhalle in Turetska Street, Commemorative token in memory of Jews, prisoners of Chernivtsi ghetto of 1941 in the Square of Turkish Well; Modern Jewish school # 41 and Charity Fund ”Khesed Shushana”; Jewish cemetery on Zelena Street
Lucnh at the Central Syanagogue. Visit to Sadgora, former residence of Rabbi Avraam Yakov Friedman, founder of Ruzhyn and Sadgora Hassids dynasty. You will visit a former Palace of Rabbi Friedman, former Main Syanagogue and streets with Jewish houses of XIX-XX c.c.
Return to Chernivtsi, dinner at the Synagogue, overnight in Chernivtsi

Day 3 - WednesdayVizhnytsia & Khotyn

Breakfast at hotel. Trip to Vyzhnytsia, former center of Vyzhnytsia Hassids dynasty (100% population was Jewish till 1940’s). You will see former Main synagogue, Youth synagogue, Mikvah, Jewish houses on Romana Shukhevycha street, Rabbi’s Temple (former Palace of Vyzhnytsia Hassidic dynasty).
Lunch-box en route to Khotyn, one more Jewish small town in Bukovyna, former residence of Tzaddik Rabbi Mordechai Israel Twersky (since 1925) and center of Karaites. Visit Jewish cemetery and former synagogue.
Return to Chernivtsi, dinner at the Synagogue, overnight in Chernivtsi

Day 4 - ThursdayKamianets-Podilskyi

Breakfast at hotel. Check-out. Trip to Kamianets-Podilskyi, one of the most beautiful Ukrainian cities and important center of Jewish life of Podillya. You will see the Old Town and Kamianetska Fortress, Big Artisan Synagogue, Old Jewish cemetery, New Jewish cemetery, Munitions depot mass grave. Lunch-box in Kamianets-Podilskyi.
Return to Chernivtsi. Dinner at the Syanagogue. Transfer to the Railway Station for trip to Kyiv (train #118, departure on 18:18). Overnight in train.

Day 5 - FridayKyiv Jewish Heritage tour (continue) & Kabbalat Shabbat

Arrival to Kyiv (08:03), transfer to the synagogue for a breakfast.
Kyiv Jewish Heritage tour (continue) with a Kosher lunch: Visit to the Karaite kenassa (now the House of Actors), Sholom Alikhem’s Museum, Monument to Sholom Aleikhem, Brodsky Synagogue (3 h). Lunch. Visit to the aristocratic district Lypky to see Jewish houses of sugar king Liberman, patrons Poliakov and Brodsky, builder Ginzburg (1 h).
Check-in at hotel. Free time. Transfer to the synagogue and preparing for Shabbat. Dinner at the synagogue. Kabbalat Shabbat. Return to hotel by feet, overnight in Kyiv

Day 6 - SaturdayShabbat in Kyiv

Shabbat activities at the Kyiv synagogue. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the synagogue. Havdalah. Transfer to hotel, overnight in Kyiv

Day 7 - SundayTzaddiq Nachman's tomb in Uman

Breakfast at hotel. Tour to Uman’ (09:00) to visit a Rabbi Nachman’s tomb, praying and to put a note asking for the Holy Tzadik. Lunch. Visit to Sofiyvka Park, the pearl of Ukrainian park architecture.
Transfer to Kyiv. Dinner at synagogue, overnight in Kyiv

Day 8 - MondayKyiv City tour

Arrive to Kyiv (06:40).
Kyiv City tour with breakfast: Khreschatyk, Volodymyrska str., Golden Gate, St. Sophia Catheral, St. Mykhaylo Cathedral, Andrew’s Descent, Parliament, Mariinsky Park
Transfer to the Boryspil Intl. Airport (KBP) or Zhuliany Intl. Airport (IEV). Departure

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