The Jewish Community of Estonia exists from the beginning of the 19th century, although the first Jew was mentioned already in 1333. The museum tells the life of Estonian Jews from the 19th century to present days and shows their contribution to Estonian life.
The museum has four parts:
- Main exhibition
- Reading Room
- The electronic part of the museum at http://eja.pri.ee
The main exhibition shows pictures, documents and exhibits, which were collected from private persons, archives and other museums. This covers following topics:
- History before the WWII
- History between 1940-1988
- Youth organizations and corporations
- Rebirth of the community in 1988
- Education and science
- Arts and crafts
- Fight for the right to emigrate to Israel (1967-1988)
Additional data and the sources be found in the museum catalog that is available online.
The archive contains original material (pictures, documents, exhibits) as well as the copies of the material. The list of the archive funds can also be found on the museum website.
The reading room has books, articles, video and music about Estonian Jews or written by the Estonian Jews. The list can be found on the website.
Our archive and reading room are increasing by the contributions from the members of the Estonian Jewish Community and sponsors.
The museum website eja.pri.ee includes EJA (Estonian Jewish Archive) site, where one can find articles, memoirs, genealogical material and many pictures. It also has a search engine. A visit to Estonian Jewish Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Tallinn trip maker to plot your vacation.
Estonian Jewish Museum Reviews
Took a very long walk to the much anticipated Jewish museum. It's quite difficult to find, about a 20 minute walk from the old town, but we were met with a VERY HOSTILE security guard on the entrance.... more »
Estonia has long been a buffer between Russia and the west. As such, it’s history is fascinating, and the experience of Estonian Jews is too. Plan about 45 minutes for the visit and make sure to chat.... more »
An interesting small museum near the harbor. A bit difficult to enter, as you need to press a button at tje street to have gates and door opened. Friendly staff. Texts in Estonian and Russian, though I was told to ask for papers in English about the parts I am interested.
Very interesting and informative small museum about the history of estonian jews. Nice staff, they are happy to answer every question. And it is free!
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