Virtual tour of Jewish Bessarabia: Today's Moldova and its capital - Kishinev

Wednesday, November 1

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

UK 7:00 pm / France 08:00 pm / Israel 09:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

Today Moldova is still a home to some 15,000 - 20,000 Jews. Historically, this land was known as Bessarabia, and Jews had already settled here by the 16th century. Jewish merchants exported kosher wines from the Greek islands and horses from the Ottoman Empire to Poland via Bessarabia. Jews ran to Bessarabia escaping Khmelnitsky's uprising and in the 19th century some famous Chassidic dynasties were established

Along the tour we will visit some of the typical Jewish towns of Bessarabia. We will also walk along the streets of Kishinev. Once a city with at least 50,000 Jews (more than 40% of the city's population), Kishinev is mainly known in Jewish history for its most terrible and devastating pogrom of 1903.

We will speak about the Jews of Kishinev, the self-defence Jewish squads, Kishinev's Synagogues, Jewish political and intellectual leaders, and everyday Jewish life.

We will look at the past and present and also discuss the future of Kishinev's Jewish community.

About Evgenia

Evgenia Kempinski is a Russian Jew born and raised in St. Petersburg. Her family was originally from the Pale of Settlement - Poland, Ukraine and Belorussia. She has been an official St. Petersburg tour guide for over 15 years and she is the founder and owner of St.Petersburg Jewish Tours - a company offering Jewish travelers a unique experience of showcasing the best of the former Soviet Union and Scandinavia from a Jewish point of view. She currently lives in Haifa, Israel,

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