Lviv. The city of lions. The city that changed hands so many times: from Russia to Poland, from Poland to Austria, then back to Poland, then to USSR and finally independent Ukraine.
The city where Jews settled as early as in middle of 13th century.
The city with classical Jewish neighborhood limited with two streets with gates that were closed every night.
In the best times, there were about 100 smaller and bigger Synagogues in Lviv. Jewish religious, business and intellectual life flourished here over the centuries.
Brody. Have you ever met anyone with the last name Brodsky or Brodovsky or Broder or may be Bruder or Brodyansky?
At least one such person is world famous – Soviet underground poet and Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky.
All these people originate from Brody. Today – small and unknown town in the middle of Western Ukraine. In the past – one of the most important Jewish center in Europe. Brody gave the world unique Jewish rabbis and scholars, successful businessmen and incredible philanthropists.
I invite you to travel around Galicia and discuss the uniqueness of its Jewish history.
Our tour will include:
- Beautiful 16th century Golden Rose Synagogue built by the Italian architects in baroque style;
- The story of Lviv becoming the center of fierce discussions between Jews and Jacob Frank followers;
- Chasidim, Misnagdim, Maskilim, Orthodox, Liberal, Zionist, Assimilationists….We will find out how all these different and even opposite Jewish movements interacted in Lvov;
- Galician Jews on the paintings of Zygmunt Nadel and Maurycy Gottlieb;
- First World War, Polish independence and unknown pogrom of 1918;
- Jewish Resistance movement in Lviv and Brody ghettos;
and much more…