REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA (may refer to different historical names and different borders: Moldavia, Moldova, Bessarabian oblast, Bessarabian gubernia, Bessarabia, Basarabia, guvernământul Transnistria, MASSR, Pridnestrovie, etc.) has a very rich Jewish history and heritage. About 200 cities, towns and villages (shtetls, colonies, târgs) had Jewish population: from few families to 50.000 people, more than 200.000 in total – prior WW2. Moldova once had more than 300 synagogues, numerous Jewish cemeteries, schools, shops, baths, factories, windmills and watermills, private houses, roads… Most of this heritage was destroyed and demolished, but we in Jewish Heritage Moldova (Maghid NGO) are thoroughly mapping each existing, rededicated, neglected, ruined building, and would be happy to share our knowledge, and do it with love.

Here are short historical summaries on the most attractive and valuable Jewish sites in Moldova – while on demand we can bring you anywhere. Look at the map to have an impression where the certain point is. The vast majority of the photos belong to Irina SHIKHOVA and Iulii PALIHOVICI (MAGHID: Jewish Heritage Moldova), some to our great friend Christian HERRMANN (vanishedworld.blog), licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/); few certain are taken by our guests (including the US Embassy in Moldova).


© Jewish Heritage Moldova (Maghid NGO) Research, Education, Guiding