Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Rhodes Jewish Museum Tours and Activities
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Dating back to 1577, Kahal Shalom Synagogue is among the oldest synagogues in Greece. A museum in the former women’s prayer gallery documents the history and legacy of the Rhodes’ Jewish community, from ancient settlements to the mass deportations to Auschwitz in 1944.
A single admission ticket covers both the synagogue and museum. Highlights of the synagogue include a monochrome mosaic floor and a plaque memorializing the local Jewish population that died at the hands of the Nazis. Exhibitions at the museum cover the development of Rhodes’ Jewish community, from the arrival of Sephardic Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition to the deportation of Rhodian Jews in World War II.
Tours that focus on the Jewish history of Rhodes typically include a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter (La Juderia) in Rhodes Town, as well as a visit to the Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
- As one of just a few Jewish heritage sites in Greece, Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Museum is a must-visit for travelers with an interest in Rhodes’ Jewish history.
- Worship services are held at the synagogue on Jewish High Holidays, while Friday night prayer services are often held in summer.
- The synagogue is still an active place of worship, so respectful clothing and silence are expected of visitors.
- Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Museum are wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
How to Get There
Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Museum is situated in the eastern part of Rhodes Old Town, about a 10-minute stroll from Mandraki Harbour. The best way to get there is on foot.
When to Get There
Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Museum is a seasonal attraction, opening Sunday through Friday from April to October. Get there early in the day as it closes its doors by mid-afternoon.
Discover Jewish Heritage in Rhodes
Rhodes has been home to a Jewish community since as far back as the second century BC. Evidence of the island’s once-thriving Jewish population can be seen in the Jewish Quarter (La Juderia), a labyrinthine enclave of medieval alleyways. Wander the narrow streets and look for the plaque that marks the spot where the Jewish school Alliance Israélite Universelle once stood, before it was destroyed by World War II bombings. Visit Evreon Martyron Square (Square of the Jewish Martyrs), where a black stone memorial commemorates the Jewish residents of Rhodes and Kos who died in Nazi concentration camps.
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Rhodes Jewish Museum
Rhodes island is one the most beautiful places in Mediterranean! It is breathtaking sandy beaches, landmarks and history in one place. Architecture of old towns is calling back to Medieval times! Do you know that Rhodes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Have you ever heard about La Juderia of Rhodes? What Medieval secrets are hidden in the Old town of this beautiful City? With your local charismatic guide, you will visit La Juderia- the Jewish Museum of Rhodes, the Jewish Quarter, Kahal Kadosh Synagogue, notable Jewish landmarks including Alhadeff Park and Alhadeff Street, Square of the Martyred Jews, seahorse fountain. You will discover secrets of the medieval period of the city, see medieval, Street of the Knights, Palace of the Grand Master.
Discover the secrets of Rhodes! Explore the Jewish and medieval heritage of Rhodes Old Town in our exclusive Medieval Rhodes & the Jewish Quarter tour. Our exclusive tour Medieval Rhodes and the Jewish Quarter, introduces you to the fascinating Jewish heritage of Rhodes Old Town, before taking you back in time to its medieval origins. As you wander along the narrow, winding lanes, our knowledgeable guide will tell you the history of La Juderia and the Jewish people who made Rhodes their home. Next, we’ll take a journey back in time to the medieval period. Our guide will describe how the battles and sieges fought by the Knights of St. John shaped the town we see today. You’ll see medieval monuments and walk along the famous Street of the Knights, the best-preserved medieval street in Europe. Our tour concludes at the 14th century Palace of the Grand Master, once home to the leader of the Knights of St. John of Rhodes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the best way to experience Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Rhodes Jewish Museum?
The best ways to experience Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Rhodes Jewish Museum are:
- Sightseeing Walking tour in Jewish Quarter of Rhodes
- Private Tour in The Jewish Quarter & Grand Master's Palace
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