MIGDAL-SHORASHIM MUSEUM OF HISTORY OF ODESSA JEWS
RE-OPENED AFTER RENOVATION
The renovation works at Migdal-Shorashim Museum began in December 2006 and culminated mid-April 2007.
Besides works like replacement of doors, windows, new wall paper, etc. the Museum has also updated its expositions. For example, the entrance has turned into a kitchen in a communal apartment, some of the rooms now have wall paper depicting Odessa views on the basis of old postcards from the collection of a famous Odessa collector and Shorashim’s friend Anatoly Drozdovsky. Part of the floor in one of the rooms is totally transparent and has plenty of stones underneath. Each stone has a picture of some Odessa building that traces the history of the city Jewish community. These stones were painted on by participants of the recent family retreat Halom, which was held by Migdal JCC in summer 2006.
Local historians and journalists, community members from Odessa and other communities were invited to the re-opening ceremony in April.
GUIDE TO JEWISH ODESSA PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH
In April 2007, right before re-opening of Migdal-Shorashim museum, the Publishing center of Migdal JCC in Odessa released the first issues of “Guide to Jewish Odessa” in English – a book that dwells on the historic places in the city, famous landmarks, personalities, history of the community’s revival, contemporary life. The guide is claimed to be the first edition of such kind that combined the history of the old and contemporary community of Odessa. Illustrations to the articles and a map with landmarks make the guide interesting and useful for not only guests of the city but even Odessans, Jews and non-Jews.