Beit Bella Synagogue

Beit Bella Synagogue, Tallinn

Beit Bella Synagogue
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Simo K
Tampere, Finland62 contributions
Very beautifull
Jul 2020
The first time I visited synagogue from the inside. This one was really impressive and beautiful. The guide did his job well to give many details about the building and history. I highly recommend it.
Written 21 July 2020
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland20,738 contributions
The heart of Jewish life in Estonia
Jan 2020
On our way from the port to the Hilton, we passed this ultramodern synagogue completed in 2007.

The original synagogue, built in 1883, was destroyed during World War II. During Soviet times, religious life was prohibited. After Estonia became an independent state, it was time for a new synagogue.

We didn't try to get inside but could see some of the interiors through the windows. The building was very fenced and guarded.
Written 2 February 2020
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Hawk470
Baltimore, MD2,544 contributions
Beautiful small synagogue
Sep 2019
Reports of Jewish settlers in what is now Estonia date from the 14th century, with Johannes Jode’s arrival in 1333, however their main settlement occurred in the 19th century when they officially were allowed entry by Czar Alexander II in 1865. Never as large a population as in the neighboring countries, the Jewish community grew and participated fully in the life of the country, including the Estonian War for Independence after World War I under an official policy of cultural autonomy.

When the Soviet Union took over the Baltic countries as a result of its non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany, about 10% of Estonia’s Jewish citizens were deported and disappeared. When the Nazis invaded, about 75% of the remaining population managed to flee to the Soviet Union. Nearly all of those who stayed 950-1,000 men, women and children were exterminated, along with thousands more deported to Estonia from other countries. Fewer than a dozen survived the war in Estonia. After the war, about 1,500 Jews returned from the Soviet Union and the population grew, but it was not until after the fall of Soviet Union, that Jewish life in Estonia began to fully recover.

The Beit Bella Synagogue opened in 2007 in the newer part of town. Modern, airy and with a sensational use of natural light, it is the religious center of today’s Jewish community, offering the full range of religious, cultural, and educational services. It also houses a small and very informative museum of the history of the Jews of Estonia. We attended the Saturday morning service and felt most welcome.
Written 15 December 2019
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Kitnuki
Israel302 contributions
amazing place
Jun 2019
this synagogue is very much different from any others i've visited in different cities. the modern architecture is stricking, and stil the calm atmosphere of a prayer place is kept
Written 4 September 2019
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TALLINN S
Tallinn, Estonia1 contribution
FANTASTIC PLACE
Apr 2019 • Family
The must beautiful synagogue, is open and welcome each and every guest, but for security reasons is always good to arrange a visit in advance.
Written 16 May 2019
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Ruthielou69
London, UK46 contributions
Solo traveller
Apr 2019 • Solo
I always make a point of visiting the local synagogue when I’m travelling and I travel a lot. Though this is the first synagogue where I have been denied entry. I spoke to I think what was a member of the synagogue...quite rude...the answer was no to everything. I am always always welcome with open arms...but with Tallinn synagogue, I couldn’t enter, I couldn’t take photos...SHAME ON YOU TALLINN SYNAGOGUE!
Written 22 April 2019
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York1,737 contributions
Interesting building
Jul 2018
This is a lovely building near the centre of Tallinn. You can admire its modern architecture from the street.
Written 22 September 2018
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vonRothschild
Hamburg, Germany91 contributions
Hidden Jem
Sep 2017 • Solo
Visiting sites of ancient Jewish communities us often of interest to me. Estonia has a difficult past when addressing the acts against Estonian Jews. Despite feeling a little worried about my trip to Estonia I was in fact made to feel very welcome.

The synagogue was a very welcome treat in a great country.
Written 18 September 2017
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Frances J
Omaha, NE61 contributions
Surprisingly interesting
Jul 2017 • Solo
Ordinarily you don't hear much about Jews in Estonia. The original synagogue in Tallinn was destroyed in WWII. This beautiful modern structure was not erected until about 2006, 15 years after Estonia's independence, because of Soviet negativity on religion. It's even better If there's a local leader of the synagogue available to talk about the history of the building and the Estonian Jewish community.
Written 13 July 2017
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Laura Õ
9 contributions
Great
Dec 2015
We visited them with a group of youth with visual special needs. They were very cooperative and made everything accessible. The guide there was very enthusiastic. It showed, that he wanted to tell us about everything but we just did not have enough time. It showed that they wanted to share and enjoyed when they saw that people want to know. We were there for 1,5 hours. A visit there requires prior registration via e-mail. They answer to e-mails pretty quickly.
A thoroughly peaceful and enjoyable experience. Our group got answers to all our questions.
Written 30 December 2015
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