Rhodes' biggest draw might be its beaches, but there's plenty to do on the largest Dodecanese Island besides top up your suntan and learn to windsurf. From exploring the island’s ancient cities to sipping wine in a traditional winery, here’s how to get the most of 3 days on the Greek isle.
Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Rhodes Jewish Museum
A single admission ticket covers both the synagogue and museum. Highlights of the synagogue include a monochrome mosaic floor and a plaque memorializing the local Jewish population that died at the hands of the Nazis. Exhibitions at the museum cover the development of Rhodes’ Jewish community, from the arrival of Sephardic Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition to the deportation of Rhodian Jews in World War II.
Tours that focus on the Jewish history of Rhodes typically include a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter (La Juderia) in Rhodes Town, as well as a visit to the Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
As one of just a few Jewish heritage sites in Greece, Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Museum is a must-visit for travelers with an interest in Rhodes’ Jewish history.
Worship services are held at the synagogue on Jewish High Holidays, while Friday night prayer services are often held in summer.
The synagogue is still an active place of worship, so respectful clothing and silence are expected of visitors.
Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Museum are wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
How to Get There
Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Museum is situated in the eastern part of Rhodes Old Town, about a 10-minute stroll from Mandraki Harbour. The best way to get there is on foot.
When to Get There
Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Museum is a seasonal attraction, opening Sunday through Friday from April to October. Get there early in the day as it closes its doors by mid-afternoon.
Discover Jewish Heritage in Rhodes
Rhodes has been home to a Jewish community since as far back as the second century BC. Evidence of the island’s once-thriving Jewish population can be seen in the Jewish Quarter (La Juderia), a labyrinthine enclave of medieval alleyways. Wander the narrow streets and look for the plaque that marks the spot where the Jewish school Alliance Israélite Universelle once stood, before it was destroyed by World War II bombings. Visit Evreon Martyron Square (Square of the Jewish Martyrs), where a black stone memorial commemorates the Jewish residents of Rhodes and Kos who died in Nazi concentration camps.
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- Archaeological Museum of Rhodes
- Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
- Medieval City of Rhodes
- Street of the Knights (Odos Ippoton)
- Bee Museum
- Throne of Helios
- Mandraki Harbour
- Acropolis of Rhodes
- Aquarium of Rhodes
- Filerimos Hill
- Waterpark Rhodes
- Anthony Quinn Bay
- Afandou Beach
- Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes)
- Seven Springs (Epta Piges)