Before 1940, Iasi had a population of about 100,000 people, half of whom were Jews. It was a cosmopolitan city, a real cultural center. From the series "It Happened for the First Time in Romania", the origin of the first yiddish newspaper, Korot Haitim, and the other about the national anthem of Israel.
Price is per person and is expressed in euro (EUR).
We will explore the vibrant past, architectural wonder and stories of the Jewish community, starting from Union Square, the central point of the city of Iasi. The next stop will be on Lapușneanu Street well known as the connection street between the north side of the city, Copou Quarter, and the centre, Union Square. Once known as The Street of Joy, after 1830 filled with with merchants from other countries. A tragic event took place at The Police Station in June 1941, a week after Romania’s entrance in war against the Soviet Union.
Next, our guide will lead you to Cuza Voda Street, known in the past as ‘Golia Alley’, this street connects Union Square with Târgu Cucului, the former Jewish Quarter. After 1830, towards the street, narrow buildings linked to each other were constructed, with two or three levels and basements, which hosted various shops. From Cuza Voda Street you will visit the summer garden called ‘Green Tree’, which no longer exists, where a theatre band conducted in Yiddish language was founded in 1876. This is credited as the founding act of the first professional Jewish Theatre in the world. Târgu Cucului Quarter, or ‘the Flour Market’ known until 1800’s it was placed at the periphery of the city. Afterwards it was named “Cucului”, as a metaphor to say that it was a market where sellers could avoid paying fair taxes (customs).
The first Jewish families settled here around 1650, but the immigration of an important Jewish community in the neighborhood took place after 1830. In the same quarter, the oldest synagogue preserved in Romania, named the Grand Synagogue was erected on the ruins of a Jewish praying place built in 1580. On the Stihii Street nearby, in the past, there were seven synagogues, along with dozens of other houses of prayer in the crowded Târgu Cucului quarter. The Jewish places of worship were organized on professional criteria, each synagogue taking the name of a guild. The same was for the “Merarilor” Synagogue, where apple sellers and gatherers came to pray.
You will end the tour at The Jewish Community, initially known as the ‘Jewish guild’. You will end the Jewish Heritage tour at the Jewish Community Centre. From 2002 hosts a club which coordinates the Ritual restaurant, with kosher foods, according to the kashrut norms, the choir and a traditional music band. It is actively involved in the cultural life of the city, it organizes shows, conferences, commemorations and film watching.
What we will see: Grand Synagogue, Merarilor Synagogue, Jewish Community Centre, Former ‘Green Tree’ Jewish Theatre.
Meeting time is 09:00 AM
The price includes:
- English speaking guide.
Not inluded in the price:
- Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in itinerary;
- Lunch and beverage;
- Tips for tour guide;
- Photo fee.
The trip lasts around 4-5 hours.
Period: All year round (except 24th and 25th December, 31st December, 1st January, 1st December)
Tel: +40 757 894 456 | +40 740 357 073
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