Odessa. A city with truly Jewish spirit.
Most Russian-speaking Jews will name it as a Jewish capital of former Russian Empire and then USSR.
Jewish Odessa - it is unique Jewish sense of humor, the tastiest Ashkenazi food, the best Yiddish music.
Jewish Odessa - it is Jewish quarters with their balconies and tiny courtyards, Jewish criminal world, Yiddish and Hebrew literature, Jewish self-defence, the most active Zionist movement and of course the story of ships transporting Jews to the land of Israel in the early 1920s.
Jewish Odessa - it is green boulevards, sandy beaches, noisy markets and Jewish belief that everything will be alright.
Some people say that Odessa is a cradle of Israeli culture, that Tel Aviv and Odessa share the same atmosphere of the sea city. We have a chance to see Odessa, talk about its Jewry and make up our mind.
Let's travel together through the Jewish history of Odessa - from the early 19th century to nowadays!