Serbia Jewish Tour | Jewish Heritage Travel in Serbia

If you’re looking for an exciting, intellectually stimulating Jewish tour of Serbia, you’ve come to the right place. Our Serbia Jewish heritage tour is the final segment of our 12-day Jewish tour of Romania, Szeged (Hungary), and Serbia.

You will get an in-depth understanding of the history and culture of the Sephardi and Ashkenazi communities that have inhabited present-day Serbia. In the northern region of Vojvodina, our focus will be on the Neolog and Orthodox strands within Ashkenazi communities, and we will visit their key synagogues. The region’s architectural masterpiece is undoubtedly the stunning Subotica synagogue, meticulously restored to its original glory. Further to the south, Belgrade will afford you a first-hand experience of the Sephardi culture and tradition of the capital’s Jewish community. You will learn about the prominent 19th-century rabbi Judah Alkalai, whose thinking and writing was a likely influence on Theodor Herzl’s philosophy of Zionism.

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Hotel accommodation: We stay at luxurious, centrally located hotels. The full list of hotels is available in our detailed itinerary.

Here is a short overview of our Serbia Jewish heritage tour itinerary:

Day 1: Subotica—Novi Sad—Belgrade

Having previously explored the rich Jewish heritage of Romania and Szeged, we will enter Serbia through one of its northern border crossings. Our first destination for the day is Subotica, where you will encounter one of the most magnificent synagogues in Europe. Built in 1903 and designed by the Hungarian team Dezső Jakab and Marcell Komor, it is one of the finest examples of Hungarian art nouveau. The synagogue underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation and was officially reopened in 2018. Further south along our way lies Novi Sad, the capital of the Vojvodina region of northern Serbia. The city’s magnificent synagogue is also the work of Lipot Baumhorn, completed just two years after the one in Szeged. We will stop at the Novi Sad Holocaust memorial on the banks of the Danube and see the Petrovaradin Fortress towering over the river. Our final destination is the nation’s capital, Belgrade. Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 2: Belgrade Jewish Tour

Today you will experience Belgrade’s pulsating and contagious vibe as we explore the city. Located on the scenic junction of the Sava and Danube rivers, some of Belgrade’s highlights are the Kalemegdan Fortress, the famed, bohemian Skadarlija neighborhood, and the Knez Mihailova pedestrian thoroughfare. The rich Jewish heritage in Belgrade includes the Jewish museum, the Sukkat Shalom Synagogue, the Dorcol Jewish neighborhood, the Sephardic cemetery, and the Holocaust memorial. The Sephardi congregation in nearby Zemun was led by rabbi Yehuda Alkalai, one of the most important proto-Zionists and a likely influence of Theodor Herzl’s thought. We will end the day with a festive farewell dinner. Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 3: Departure

Free time and departure from the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport.

More on Jewish Serbia:

  • Rabbi Isaac Abraham Alkalay (1882-1978) was born in Samokov, Bulgaria. He moved with his family to Zemun, Serbia, where his father served as hazzan. Isaac Alkalay served as chief rabbi of the Kingdom of Serbia, and later became chief rabbi of Yugoslavia. He fled to the US during WWII and was appointed chief rabbi of the Central Sephardic Communities in America.