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Guided Tour of the Synagogue
St.-Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The Grand Choral Synagogue is part of our city’s cultural heritage as well as architectural monument of federal importance.
The Synagogue complex includes Grand Choral Synagogue, Small Synagogue, kosher restaurant “Le’chaim”, kosher store and Mikvah. Being the only synagogue in the city, the Choral Synagogue has become the center of Jewish life in St.-Petersburg.
Duration: 20 minutes
Location: Grand Choral Synagogue, Small Synagogue
Hours: tours are provided daily from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
(May-September from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm) except for Saturday and Jewish holidays
Note: Saturday restrictions
On Saturday and Jewish festivals the Synagogue is open from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm for service only; no excursions are available; taking pictures anywhere in the Synagogue is forbidden.
The program includes guided tour of the Synagogue with an English-speaking guide. You will not only visit the beautiful building, but also get a good deal of information about
- The erection of the St.-Petersburg Synagogue
- Its history and Architecture
- The St.-Petersburg Synagogue and Jewish community today
Jewish St.-Petersburg Tour
The history of St. Petersburg Jewish community keeps its official count since 1802, when the first record in the community book “pinchas” was made. However, throughout the 18th century Jews used to come to the capital of Russian Empire and stay there for rather long periods of time.
During the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century a small community of Jews who had been no more than chance visitors to the capital of Russian Empire turned into a rich, prosperous and powerful community, which influenced all the processes related to the life of Russian Jews and actually formed the spiritual and religious life of the country’s Jewry.
By the end of the 19th century St.-Petersburg became one of the biggest world centers of Jewish life. It was there that International Jewish organizations were created, congresses of Zionists were held, famous Jewish political figures made their historic speeches. A number of St.-Petersburg Jews became world famous artists, musicians, literary figures. Many pages in history of Jewish Chassidic movement “Habad” are connected to St.-Petersburg.
The goal of “Jewish St.-Petersburg” tour is to show tourists the city’s sites connected with Jewish past and present in St.-Petersburg.
The program includes:
- Tour round the city (the places located in the historic centre of the city: the sites related to the historic past of St.-Petersburg Jewry as well as city’s contemporary Jewish organizations.) - the Synagogue - the Community Jewish Centers - Jewish Cemetery - Jewish Museum
Duration: 3-7 hours
Hours: tours are provided daily except for Saturday and Jewish holidays
Previous arrangement is needed
Note: available for sale are "50 Jewish sites" maps with brief description of each site
Meeting Community Representative
Today the Grand Choral Synagogue is not only an outstanding architectural monument, but also “a pulsing heart” of the city’s Jewish community. The Synagogue building, which accommodates a wide range of Jewish organizations, is a hospitable home for different people, wishing to get acquainted with the Jewish tradition, religion, culture, food or simply to receive rabbi’s encouragement or wise advice.
Location: Grand Choral Synagogue
Hours: daily, except for Saturday and Jewish holidays
Previous arrangement is needed.
You will get first hand information from knowledgeable people about
- life of St.-Petersburg Jewish community
- the city’s Jewish Social institutions
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