Meet your activity leader: Svetlana
My name is Svetlana and I am a free-lance professional guide providing tours in Saint-Petersburg and its suburbs. I was born in Leningrad (that's how it was called in Soviet times), so I know my city since my childhood. I work as a professional guide for over 15 years now and consider it the perfect job. I have licenses to guide in all museums and palaces of Saint-Petersburg. I studied Art and History so I would be happy to show you the best museums of my native city as well as local life of present Russia.
What to expect
Jews living in Saint-Petersburg have always played a significant role in the flourishing of arts, trade and business. Enjoy the history of Saint-Petersburg Jewish community.
Jewish historical past
We start our tour with Ethnography museum visit, where you can discover the special exhibition dedicated to the history of Jews in Russia. You'll see personal belongings, dishes, clothing, religious items of the past. It may be surprising that we have several different Jewish communities (Ashkenazi Jews, Bukharan Jews, Mountain Jews, Georgian Jews).
Jewish art life
You'll see the Art square with the State Russian museum, where works of famous Jewish artists and sculptors are on display (Chagall, Levitan, Antokolsky and others).
Jewish business life
Walk or drive along the city center to see the former mansions of the rich Jewish families – Ginsburg, Polyakov, Wawelberg. They played an important part in business life of Russia.
Jewish music life
We'll see the Theatre square with Conservatory, which is the oldest Russian school of music. It was established by Anton Rubinshtein - the esteemed Jewish composer, conductor and pianist.
Jewish religious life
We visit the Grand Choral Synagogue - one of the largest in Europe. It is located in Kolomna district – the center of community life in 19th century.
It is possible to have lunch in the Kosher restaurant «Le'chaim» located in the Synagogue.
Jewish present life
We will drive to the Petrograd site to visit the St. Petersburg Jewish community center YESOD, and to learn more about the everyday lives of the Jewish community, charity programs, concerts, and other activities.