Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue

Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue

Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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From the 1st of November we are closed for the public. If you wish to visit us please contact us by phone or by email in order to make an appointment.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,930 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was a lovely place to stop on our walk around the town. Beautifully maintained and pretty in a simple way. We were happy that there was someone around to let us in as the Synagogue is sometimes closed.
Written 14 May 2024
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DebbieEdelman
Plantation, FL51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Sometimes you don’t always get what you want, sometimes you get what you need. We were on a cruise and in port for a few hours. Originally we were going up to the famous town of Lindo, known for it’s pottery. A few months ago there was a terrible fire and while I knew it would be fine, somehow I decided to change our plans and visit The Jewish Synagogue and Museum
Well I’m so grateful to have, because I discovered not only it’s revelance during the medieval period, but it had a Jewish Quarter with rabbis and scholars until The Nazis. We had the most amazing tour guide, Roula, whom you would swear was Jewish. There is only one Jewish woman living there now. However, The Kahal Shalom is the oldest Jewish synagogue in Greece, and the sole remaining synagogue on the Island of Rhodes used for services. There were once six synagogues and prayer halls in the Jewish Quarter (called “La Juderia”). The Kahal Shalom is located on Dossiadou and Simiou Streets and is believed to have been built in the year 1577. The full name of the building is “Kahal Kadosh Shalom” (Holy Congregation of Peace). It is used for prayer services when visitors or former residents and their families visit the Island for Friday night prayer services, High Holiday services and for special occasions.
I will cherish the time I spent there during The High Holidays as I connected with my Jewish Heritage.
Written 2 October 2023
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Jeff F
Louisville, KY17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Isaac was an incredible tour guide. He did not just show us around the synagogue and the museum, but he told us about the history and culture of the Jewish people of Rhodes. The tour costs just an extra 10 euros per person, and it is totally worth it. They do not promote that they have private tours, so it is best to contact them directly to schedule it.
Written 22 August 2023
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Bartley B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful, peaceful, educational. A must see. An oasis of calm in an otherwise frantic town. The staff I met where lovely, very welcoming and friendly. I didn’t want to leave.
Written 9 August 2023
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Charlie
London, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We booked the tour (for an extra 10Euros) rather than a general visit and it was a huge treat. Issac Habib our guide was knowledgeable, interesting and interested. He talked about the history of the synagogue, the history of the Jews of Rhodes and shared his mother’s story which involved deportation from Rhodes by the Nazi’s and how she survived the holocaust. All fascinating!

A marvellous couple of hours with a bonus of it being an escape from the 35c heat.
Written 14 July 2023
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA24,143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The Kahal Kadosh Shalom synagogue is the oldest in Greece, and the only active remaining synagogue on Rhodes used for services. This Sephardic synagogue dates back to 1577, but there has always been a Jewish presence on Rhodes for 2,300 years. At times through history, they were persecuted by many of the Islands rulers, including the Romans, Christian Knights Hospitaller, Italian Fascists, and upon their collapse in 1943, the direct control of Nazi Germany. Except for today, Jewish merchants only live and prosper under the Muslim rule of the Ottoman empire, building six new synagogues including this one.
Today, the Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue is only used for services during the summer, when there are lots of Jewish tourists as there are very few Jews living on the island. It is typical of a Sephardic house of worship with the bimah or podium, from which the Sefer Torah is read, in the center of the sanctuary, surrounded by a black and white mosaic made of local pebbles.
There are also scattered around the interior of the synagogue a number of plaques in Hebrew and in Ladino, the language of the Sephardic (Spanish} community, to those who maintained the synagogue.
On either side of the doorway leading out to the center courtyard are two Torah arks, in this courtyard is a fountain and Plaque commemorating Jewish Holocaust victims from Rhodes,
TIP: The gift shop is worth visiting for those hard-to-find souvenirs.
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Written 13 March 2023
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Itzik L
Tel Aviv, Israel4,577 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The synagogue in the old city of Rhodes
The synagogue is also a museum of Judaism in Rhodes.
Entrance to the synagogue and museum costs 4 euros.
The entrance is in a side alley until you reach it you don't see the place, so enter and walk until you reach it.
The synagogue is in excellent condition.
The Ark of the Covenant, bulbs and seats are in excellent condition, so you can get a full impression of the Judaism that was there.
A well-kept patio and a small museum that describes the history of the Jews in Rhodes.
Written 8 November 2022
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Vane802014
Geneva, Switzerland27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We booked a tour of the synagogue and adjacent Jewish Museum and this was one of the highlights of our stay in Rhodes. We met amazing Isaac who travels from his home in South Africa every summer to share the story of his mother and that of the Jewish community of Rhodes. We learnt so much in our short time there about Italian presence in Rhodes, the relationships between communities, the story of the Sephardi Jews and their language from 1500 to present days, the deportation of the island's Jews to Auschwitz and what became of the few who survived, it was a truly amazing experience I will not forget.
The synagogue itself is well preserved. A door leads to a very interesting and well documented musuem with an amazingly well-preserved Torah from the 16th century. Definitely not to be missed!
Written 30 August 2022
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Theoax
Jerusalem, Israel275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The synagogue is beautiful. It's unfortunate that the current Jewish community in Rhodes (which used to comprise several thousand) is so small that it is only used in summer when there are enough tourists to make up the necessary quorum for holding prayers. The museum, in the same building, is very informative about the former Jewish community. Sometimes there are guided tours of the Jewish quarter, but not this year.
Written 21 June 2022
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David B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
An amazing addition to our trip to Rhodes! An exquisite museum with lots of things to learn about the Jewish history of Rhodes!
Written 21 June 2022
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