Shalom and welcome to Leipzig! On this 3 hour tour you will learn the interesting facts about the contribution of the Jewish citizens of Leipzig to the cultural and commercial development of the city throughout the history. Together we will visit the most important places of Jewish cultural, commercial and religious heritage.
Leipzig has been home to Jews since the 12th century. With the development of international trade, the importance of the Leipzig fair grew, as did the significance of Jewish participation in the fair. Jewish businessmen from Poland and Russia made the city the center of the fur trade with its home in the Brühl. The University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig is a huge part of the city´s rich musical heritage and represents the cultural input of Leipzig Jews. In 1925 Leipzig officially held the largest Jewish community in Saxony with more than 13000 Jews. Today Leipzig has the biggest Jewish community in the Middle Germany with more than 1200 members.
At the end of the tour you will be familiar with the jewish history of Leipzig and will know what do the Society for Family Education and for People´s Welfare, the Museum of Musical Instruments of Leipzig University, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and Gohlis district have to do with the Leipzig Jews.
Meeting point: Augustusplatz, in front of Mende Fountain. Tours can be provided in English, German and Russian. Private tours only!
Main sights: Krochhaus, Brühl with Gebrüder Assuschkewitz house, the Old Town Hall, Mädler Passage, Holocaust Memorial Monument Gottschedstr. former Leipzig Synagogue, the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy", Waldstraßenviertel (Forest Street Neighbourhood), the Ariowitsch House, Ephraim-Carlebach-School, the Brody Sinagogue, the Jewish Community of Leipzig