Jewish history in Riga 3 h
History of Jews in Riga 3 hours. Combines walking and driving to the memorial of Rumbula..
During the tour you will see the most important historical places of Riga’s Jewish community. You will get information about the Jewish history in Latvia from 17th century till now. The walking includes visits to the Old Choral Synagogue, the former ghetto territory and the old Jewish cemetery. It was a part of the Jewish ghetto during Nazi occupation. When the war ended and the Soviets took over it was turned into a park. Today the only evidence of its original purpose is a large stone with the Star of David. You will have the opportunity to visit Peitav Shul, the only working synagogue in Latvia. Built in 1905, it is the only surviving Jewish prayer house and the main meeting place for the 12,000-strong community. Its sacred scrolls and other treasures were hidden and escaped destruction. It was not burnt down during the Holocaust due to its close proximity to other houses in Old Riga. The bus will take you also to Rumbula Memorial which is located about 15 km from Riga on the site of the massacre of the Jewish population in 1941. The memorial was built on the donations of the former ghetto prisoner Boris Kliot, whose parents and sisters were killed at Rumbula. The central part of the memorial is shaped in the form of the Star of David with a menorah (Jewish candlestick) above it. The menorahl is surrounded by uncut stones where the names of slaughtered Jews are engraved. Several cobblestones bear the names of Riga’s ghetto streets. There are also several mass graves in the territory of the memorial, which are marked with concrete borders.
Meeting point: Town Hall Square, Ratslaukums 7 ,The House of the Blackheads ,in office of agency.
Please book 3 days in advance.
Starting from 4 persons