Beyond the Shtetl
Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg has been a flashpoint in every stage of Russian history since. But whether Imperial, Communist, or democratic, St. Petersburg has always remained a flourishing center of European cultural life and held the position of Russia’s most cosmopolitan city.
The charm of St. Petersburg extends beyond its delightful waterways and impressive architecture. Visitors must see the Tsar’s summer palace Catherine’s Palace with its opulent Amber Room and extraordinary gardens; as well as Peterhof, the “Russian Versailles.” Milk & Honey invites you to a close-up look at this city’s long Jewish history and contemporary Jewish revival, to explore how life in Jewish Russia extended well beyond the shtetl.
The Grand Choral Synagogue is one of the largest and most splendid prayer houses in all of Russia, where one can explore the main hall, chuppah hall, women’s gallery and genizah. The Jewish community center YESOD is also well worth a visit. Round out your time with the Hermitage, with its vast collection of art and antiquities, and you will leave St. Petersburg itching to return!
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