THE JEWS OF GEORGIA
Georgia, a country situated between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains, is on the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Georgian Jews are one of the oldest communities in Georgia, tracing their migration into the country during the Babylonian captivity in 6th century.
The Georgian Jewish community is culturally rich and diversified, reflecting the influences of the Old Russian and Ottoman Empires, of Sephardi, Ashkenazi and Eastern traditions, and the later impact of Hasidism. Having lived for centuries in peace with their Christian neighbors, the twentieth century has seen the Jewish community depleted by war and immigration, and today numbers no more than three thousand souls.
Day 1: Pick-up at Tbilisi International Airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Tbilisi Hotel
Day 2. The David Baazov Museum of History of Jews of Georgia is a principal museum of the Jewish history and culture in Tbilisi. It was established by the decision of Administration of the "Georgian Committee for assisting the Poor" on November 30, 1932 as a departmental organization within the framework of cultural base ofJewish workers; it was officially founded by the order of People's Commissariat of Education of Georgia on November 23, 1933, under the title 'Jewish Historic- Ethnographic Museum.
Lunch in Kosher Restaurant in Tbilisi
After lunch Sightseeing City Tbilisi: Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city of Georgia. Founded in the 5th century by Vakhtang Gorgasali, the Georgian King of Kartli and made into a capital in the 6th century. Tbilisi is a significant industrial, social and cultural center. Several interesting places include: Mtatsminda Beautiful Park, -- Narikala Castle - exists here since the middle of the 4th century, The Sulfur Baths, which are located in Old Tbilisi and are known for their tranquillizing effect.
Tbilisi jewish sinaguege - It was founded by Jews from Akhalzikhe, who settled in Tbilisi in the late 19th century.. The synagogue was built with bricks, in an eclectic style, between 1895 and 1903 and surmounted by a dome and a lantern.The upper prayer hall, the bigger of the two, is used for services on Sabbath and festivals and has a gallery for women. The walls and the ceiling of the upper hall were painted in the 1940s with geometric and vegetable motifs, biblical verses and prayers. The walls of the lower prayer hall are decorated with similar motifs and texts. The latter hall is used for daily prayers and does not have a women's section. There is a Holy Ark - heikhal in each prayer hall with Torah cases covered with a small garment (kabah) which resembles a Torah mantle.
Dinner in Kosher Restaurant and Overnight in Tbilisi Hotel
Day 3: after Breakfast drive to the City Kutaisi. Visit the synagogues in Kutaisi: The Small Synagogue inaugurated in 1815, the Great Tue Synagogue opened in 1886 and the third synagogue so-called the Synagogue of Above located in a different neighborhood. The visit at the Jewish cemetery in Kutaisi is followed by visits of the historical sites, Bagrati and Gelati.
Boxed vegetarian lunch
Travel to Kulashi where we visit the Museum of History and Ethnography of the Jews and Georgians. We then proceed to the complex of three abandoned synagogues, one of which is on the verge of collapse. At its peak the Jewish community was 2,700 members strong. Continue to Batumi where we visit the synagogue.
KoSher Diner innKutaisi and Overnight in Kutaisi Hotel
Day 4: After Breakfest Travel through the very tough mountainous road to Oni. Visit the synagogue built in 1895 as the Hebrew inscription at the entrance indicates. At its peak the community was 3,500 members strong, today 30 Jews live there.
Boxed vegetarian lunch.
Continue to Shovi, a popular mountain resort famous for its forests.
Dinner in Kosher Restaurant and Overnight in Tbilisi Hotel.
Day 5: Transfer to Airport
Price per person: 470 $ (20 person in group)
Hotel Accommodation: (Double Room Occupation)
Tbilisi Hotel 4* AI http://www.hotelvarazi.ge/
Kutaisi Hotel 4* AI http://www.aeetes-hotel.com
Qualified English or Russian -speaking tour guide
Comfortable,micro-buses having climate control, meals: All. Inclusive