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Jewish Memories (4hours)

(4 hours: 6 visits included: Jewish Museum, Choral Temple, State Jewish Theatre, the Great Synagogue, Yeshua Tova Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery-transportation and professional guide).

Muzeul de Istorie a Comunitatii Evreiesti Bucuresti – Jewish Museum (located in the former Templul Unirea Sfanta (United Holy Temple) synagogue, which survived both World War II and Nicolae Ceausescu unscathered- contains a large collection of Jewish ritual objects from Romania, collected by Rabbi Moses Rosen (1912-1994), the late Chief Rabbi of the Romanian Jewry).

Templul Coral – The Choral Temple (synagogue). It followed the plans of Vienna’s Leopoldstadt – Tempelgasse Great Synagogue (raised in 1855-1858). It was designed by Enderle and Freiwald and built between 1857 – 1867. It was devastated by the extreme right Legionaries and then restored after World War II, in 1945. It still hosts the religious service, being one of the most frequented synagogues.

Teatrul evreiesc de stat – the State Jewish Theater in Bucharest, Romania is a theater specializing in Jewish-related plays. Its contemporary repertoire includes plays by Jewish authors, plays on Jewish topics, and plays in Yiddish (which are performed with simultaneous translation into Romanian, using headphones installed in the theater in the 1970s). Many of the plays also feature Jewish actors. A precursor, the Teatru Evreiesc Baraseum operated as a Jewish theater through most of World War II, although they were closed during the few months of the National Legionary State, and thereafter performed in Romanian rather than Yiddish through until the fall of Ion Antonescu.

Sinagoga Mare – The Great Synagogue was raised in 1845 by the Polish-Jewish community. It was repaired in 1865, redesigned in 1903 and 1909, repainted in Rococo style in 1936 by Ghershon Horowitz, and then it was restored again in 1945, as it had been devastated by the extreme right Legionaries. It nowadays hosts an exhibition entitled <<the Memorial of Jewish Martyrs “Chief Rabbi Dr. Mozes Rosen”>>. During the late 1980s, just like many churches in the area, this synagogue was virtually surrounded by concrete buildings, so as to hide it from public sight.

Sinagoga Iesua Tova – The Yeshua Tova Synagogue (the city’s oldest synagogue; 1827)

Visit The Jewish Cemetery (in Bucharest).
Price per person:
1 person                      – 65 EUR
2-3 persons                – 45 EUR
>4 persons                  – 35 EUR