Odessa Jews and Jewish Tours
According to its first census Odessa had 240 Jews in the very beginning. Odessa Jewish population was 10 %. Later on Belarus, Germany and Austria Jews settled here. They were doctors, lawyers, merchants. Steven Tsipperschtein says that Odessa Jewish congregation became one of the biggest and even the most modern in the pale of settlement, the most cultural in Europe which reflected the life of Jews in Russian Empire. So, in the middle of 19th century Odessa had 25% of Jews and by the end of it there were even 35%!