Tips for Jewish Travel in Riga, Latvia - Riga Kosher Restaurants, Riga Mikvah and Riga Jewish Tours
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Tips for Jewish Travel in Riga, Latvia - Riga Kosher Restaurants, Riga Mikvah and Riga Jewish Tours

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It is possible to enjoy a vacation in Riga, Latvia even if you adhere to Jewish Halacha as Riga's Jewish community, although small, has enough basic Jewish facilities and services to provide for Jewish travelers in Riga. These tips will make Jewish travel in Riga easier.

1. If you want to be close to the Chabad center where there is a kosher restaurant a good choice of hotel is the Radisson Blu or the Park Gallery Hotel. These Riga hotels are walking distance (about 10-15 minutes) from the synagogue. If you prefer to stay at a hotel closer to the Riga synagogue choose any hotel in Riga's Old Town.

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Entrance to the Chabad L'Chaim restaurant

2. For kosher food in Riga, Latvia try the Chabad L'Chaim restaurant which serves a wide variety of kosher meat meals. The Chabad restaurant in Riga is open from 10:00 until 21:00 on weekdays and from 10:00 until two hours before sundown on a Friday, this kosher restaurant is closed on a Saturday. An easy way to locate the Riga Chabad restaurant is to spot the tall Radisson Blu hotel – where the famous Skyline Bar is - as it is very close to the corner of Skolas Street where Riga's kosher restaurant is. You can get a full meal at L'Chaim restaurant including main course, dessert and drinks for less than 10 Lt and meals can also be ordered and delivered to your hotel. You need to enter the L'Chaim Restaurant on 6 Skolas Street from Dzirnavu Street.

3. If you aren't strictly kosher but would still prefer to avoid non-kosher meat then you also have quite a few options in Riga vegetarian restaurants. The Riga Rama Hare Krishna restaurant is close to the Chabad kosher restaurant at 56 Baron Street and serves food with no meat or milk products. They are very reasonably priced and frequented by Riga vegans and vegetarians. Rama is open from Monday to Sunday from 09:00-19:00. Also look through the Happy Cow for a list of Vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Riga.

4. If you are hoping to catch the Friday night prayer in Riga contact the synagogue before Friday night to ask about prayer times as unlike Israel and other parts of the world, in Latvia they pray BEFORE Friday night sundown at certain times of the year because it can remain light until almost 10pm. You can also access the Riga prayer times for the whole week through the Chabad website.

5. If you are looking for Kosher food products from a Riga supermarket try Maxima, there are branches throughout the city one being in the Alpha Mall.

6.The Riga mikvah is located at 43/3 Bruninieku Iela, and to book a visit to the ritual baths contact Rivka Galzman at 950-6721 or you could make contact through the Chabad website. The Riga mikvah is clean, modern and esthetic.

7. One way of seeing the remains of the destroyed Coral Synagogue is to take the Riga free walking tour which meets daily at 12:00 noon outside Saint Peter's church in the Old Town. Just look for a man with a Yellow Suitcase and he will be the tour guide! The tour will also take you into the Moscow district which is where the Jewish Ghetto was.

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Remains of the Coral Synagogue, Riga.

8. Riga has a rich Jewish history and you can find a section on Jewish Riga in the excellent travel guide "Riga in your pocket" which is available at all Riga hotels.

 9. The Riga synagogue is located in Riga Old Town at 6 Peitavas Street. Prayers are conducted three times a day, for further information and prayer times consult the Chabad website.

10. For a closer look at Jewish history in Riga and Latvia be sure to visit the nearby Salispils concentration camp and Rumbula forest.

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