Sister City Partners: 1975

Governor Schaefer signed with Mr. Vladamir Schurko an agreement to connect our port cities as first priority and then focus on education and medicine. Baltimore is Odesa's only U.S. Sister City

(The Evening Sun: September 19th 1975):

Mark Twain Sails to Odesa August 1867

“I have not felt so much at home for a long time as I did when I “raised the hill” and stood in Odessa for the first time. It looked just like an American city; fine, broad streets, and straight as well; low houses, (two or three stories,) wide, neat, and free from any quaintness of architectural ornamentation; locust trees bordering the sidewalks (they call them acacias); a stirring, business-look about the streets and the stores; fast walkers; a familiar new look about the houses and every thing; yea, and a driving and smothering cloud of dust that was so like a message from our own dear native land that we could hardly refrain from shedding a few grateful tears and execrations in the old time-honored American way. Look up the street or down the street, this way or that way, we saw only America!”

Out of the archives: 

The Pride of Baltimore II sailed to Odesa in the summer of 1990

Rotary Club Established 1995

Rotary International is a service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace.

Past to Present: Famous Individuals with Roots to Odesa

Ruther Bader Ginsburg: 1933-1920

Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent a lifetime flourishing in the face of adversity before being appointed a Supreme Court justice, where she successfully fought against gender discrimination and unified the liberal block of the court. She was born Joan Ruth Bader on March 15, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. Her father was born in Odesa, Ukraine and worked as a furrier in the height of the Great Depression in America while her mother worked in a garment factory. Ginsburg’s mother instilled a love of education in her.

Matisyahu: 2022

The world famous rapper Matisyahu recently shared a family photo taken in Odesa of great-grandmother, Adele Rothbardt, who is pictured on the left and he has performed benefits concerts in support of Ukraine in New York.

Watch some of his famous songs on YouTube - HERE