Berlin Jewish Heritage Through the Ages

Sunday, June 30

USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 9:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

This Jewish Berlin tour explores the fascinating history of Berlin's Jewish community from the early settlers to the modern times. Who were the first Jewish settlers in Berlin and when was the community established? What made the Jews of Berlin different? What was the Jewish Reformed movement and how did it impact the community?

You'll stroll around a neighborhood in Berlin's city center once dominated by the Jews and visit the oldest Jewish cemetery. You'll see the imposing New Berlin Synagogue and the mansion that belonged to the chief financier of a King of Prussia. We will take you to the Golden Age of Berlin's Jewry and share with you exciting stories of the Jewish merchants, financiers, and intellectuals who played important roles in the economic and social life of the German capital.

On a visit to the Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe and the "Trains to Life - Trains to Death" Monument, you'll uncover the darkest period of the history of Berlin Jews. Finally, you'll learn about the Jews of the GDR and how the Jewish communities were rebuilt on both sides of the Berlin Wall.

About Olga 

An Odessa local, Olga Bokhonovskaya has spent lots of time living abroad. She's earned her MBA in the US and formerly has been employed in the field of international marketing in California, London  Moscow. She switched to the tourism industry in 2011 and founded Odessa Walks tour agency back in her hometown Odessa. Because of the pandemic, she created live-stream virtual programs starting in 2020 that share her hometown's beauty and rich history with people from around the world.

In September 2022 Olga moved to Berlin and Krakow because of the war in Ukraine. While she continues giving virtual tours of Odessa, she now creates live, virtual and in-person cultural and historic tours of Berlin, Krakow and other destinations in Central and Eastern Europe.