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Odessa, Yiddish Pearl of the Sea

Odessa, Yiddish Pearl of the Sea

exploring the city’s Jewish musical heritage

I finally visited Odessa this summer after nearly three years in Ukraine.  Due to the bulwark of Communist nostalgia known as the “Transnistrian Moldavian Republic” through which trains have been denied passage since 1990, the journey from Chernivtsi to Odessa requires making a huge 16-hour circle north to Lviv then east to Ternopil and south through Vinnitsia into the Odessa region. Ultimately, Odessa was worth the trip. The city has a laid back, jocund flair that Kyiv lacks– perhaps it’s…

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