BUCHAREST JEWISH TOUR
This Bucharest Jewish Tour includes 6 visits: Jewish Museum, Choral Temple, State Jewish Theatre, Great Synagogue, Yeshua Tova Synagogue and Jewish Cemetery
Around 4 hours.
See below the itinerary for Bucharest Jewish Tour
The history of Jews in Romania concerns the Jews of Romania and of Romanian origins, from their first mention on what is nowadays Romanian territory. Minimal until the 18th century, the size of the Jewish population increased after around 1850, and more especially after the establishment of Greater Romania in the aftermath of World War I. A diverse community, albeit an overwhelmingly urban one, Jews were the favorite target of religious persecution and racism in Romanian society - from the late-19th century debate over the "Jewish Question" and the Jewish residents' right to citizenship, to the genocide carried out by Romania as part of The Holocaust. The latter, coupled with successive waves of aliyah, has accounted for a dramatic decrease in the overall size of Romania’s present-day Jewish community.
"Muzeul de Istorie a Comunitaţii Evreieşti Bucureşti" / The Jewish Museum - located in the former Templul Unirea Sfântă (United Holy Temple), the museum 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. The museum gives broad coverage of the history of the Jews in Romania. Displays include an enormous collection of books written, published, illustrated, or translated by Romanian Jews; a serious archive of the history of Romanian Jewry; a collection of paintings of and by Romanian Jews that, while relatively small, consists of works of a caliber worthy of a major art museum (many of the same artists' works hang in the National Museum of Art).
"Templul Coral" / The Choral Temple (synagogue). lt followed the plans of Vienna's Leopoldstadt — Tempelgasse Great Synagogue. lt was designed by Enderle and Freiwald and built between 1857-1867. lt was devastated by the extreme right Legionaries and then restored after World War II, in 1945. lt 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 Baraşeum, 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 lon Antonescu.
"Sinagoga Mare" / The Great Synagogue was raised in 1845 by the Polish-Jewish community. lt 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. lt 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 lesua Tova" / The Yeshua Tova Synagogue - the city's oldest synagogue (1827)
Visit The Jewish Cemetery in Bucharest.
Included Services: Transportation, Driver / Professional Tour Guide.
No entrance fees, donations only! Photo tax is not included!
Reservation Line: (+4) 0723 666 050