Jewish Museum of Odessa, Odessa

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  • I liked it. First, i want to thank the owner he let us pay in € instead of Ukrainian money . Second, we got a nice informative commentary bout Ukrainian jew community and then we could follow to...  more »
  • Definitely worth visiting if you are interested in Odessa's history. We made an extra donation to support expanding the museum!  more »
  • It is inside the cluster of old buildings with a very small sign on the gate of the building. The Ukraine and Greek Cooperation sign next door could be used as a reference to find it.  more »
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  • Brief but worthwhile little museum in former communal flat. The walls are covered in personal belongings, ephemera, and many other objects connected with Odessa's longstanding Jewish community. It lacks any kind of written narrative linking the many objects but the gentleman guide offers a kind of spoken overview.
  • Perfectly english speaking and helpful guide plus english translations for all exhibition elements, small and cozy yet very informative.
  • This is relatively small but I found the exhibits of artifacts Jewish life in all its facets including those of day to day life to be very moving. This is the product of the efforts of a dedicated staff and shouldn't be compared to larger possibly more "professional" museums which receive government support. There is only a single small sign visible on the street on a door jamb (if this is the proper term for it) which is visible only if you approach it from the right direction. At the entrance stood a woman smoking a cigarette and when we asked her "muzey?" she opened the door which led to a somewhat dilapidated courtyard at the end of which appeared a decently sized sign signaling the museum entrance. We were greeted by a younger man who spoke very little English. There is a sign at the entrance asking for a suggested donation of 100 hryvnias (about $4 US). Soon an older bushy bearded man appeared who explained to us that the museum is situated in what used to be a communal apartment for four families (!). The museum is organized by an association called Migdal set up after the fall of the Soviet Union and dedicated to the rehabilitation of Jewish life in Odessa. He pointed to an old fashioned victrola which he proceeded to crank up and which played the song "Dadya (uncle) Ela" sung by the renowned Soviet jazz singer Leonid Utesov. The song in fact is a Russian translation and takeoff of the traditional Yiddish song "Rebbe Elimelech" whose true identify was masked to fool the authorities who would have disapproved of a song about a rabbi. Utesov was born Laizer Weissbein (please correct if I'm mistaken) and was very famous in his time. There is a statue in the City Park in his honor and a museum in the apartment where he lived. A tape of the song was posted by a different contributor. I tried to upload my video which includes the victrola cranking along with the explanation but they were too long by Google's rules.
  • My dear friend Vita Goldstein visited this museum just last week...B’H
  • Stunning Vladimir Chaplin-kraeved, with such tenderness and Love tells about the alarming, quite uneasy past. About how it was without a whim. He happily and generously shares in that once giving hope no matter what. Touching, sincere, fascinating. A beautiful museum in which you will tell the history of life of the outstanding and not very Jews. Recommend! An amazing Vladimir Chaplin-The guide is telling the story with so much tenderness and love, passion for the subject-which is eternal (in my books such as People's life, Jewish people in this case). He is sharing truthfully all the stories of Jewish people life, the whole families that can not leave you indifferent. A must to visit. Definitely recommend. 💔🤗🙏
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