Welcome, Guest! - or
Easy to remember!  »  VinNews.com

Russia - Largest Jewish Community Center Built In Decades Opens Amid Fanfare In Moscow

Published on: December 6, 2015 09:33 PM
Change text size Text Size  
ussian Jews explore the new synagogue during  the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build.  EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKYussian Jews explore the new synagogue during the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build.  EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

Moscow, Russia - The largest Jewish religious and cultural center to be built over the past 15 years opened in Moscow on Sunday amid fanfare and a celebration that drew religious and political leaders from across the region.

INTERFAX-RUSSIA.ru (http://bit.ly/1Tuxqk8) reports that “Zhukovka” features a 250-person synagogue, a 400-seat banquet hall and 10-room hotel, as well as a children’s center and lecture halls capable of holding up to 150 people.

Among the dignitaries attending the grand opening of “Zhukovka”—-which was built on the the site of an existing synagogue at a cost of $15M funded primarily through private sources—-were Moscow’s governor Andrei Vorobyov, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities (FJC) of Russia Alexander Boroda, and Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar.

In addressing the audience, Vorobyov stressed the importance of “Zhukovka” not only for the Jewish community, but for the entire region.

“We are opening a religious center. It is a magnificent building. I have no doubt that these magnificent walls will be filled with the same people, intentions and actions that are needed in our country. I want to congratulate everyone with this event. I want that all the religions of the world will be united in the name of the good and quiet sky,” Vorobyov said.

FJC President Boroda expanded on those words, saying, “It’s not just a synagogue, it’s a multi-functional center. It provides a synagogue, and classrooms, children’s center, a library, a room for those remaining for the holidays, a banquet hall and a restaurant. We expect visitors not only from the village of Zhukovka, but from Moscow and within the area of the Odintsovo district.”

Governor of Moscow Oblast Andrey Vorobiev (L), Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar (C) and Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau attend opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)Governor of Moscow Oblast Andrey Vorobiev (L), Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar (C) and Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau attend opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)
Russian Jews light the Star of David during opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)Russian Jews light the Star of David during opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)
Russian Jews explore the new synagogue during  the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)Russian Jews explore the new synagogue during the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)
President of the Federation of Jewish Communities, Alexander Boroda, attends the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)President of the Federation of Jewish Communities, Alexander Boroda, attends the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)
President of the Federation of Jewish Communities Alexander Boroda (L), Governor of Moscow Oblast Andrey Vorobiev (C) and Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar (R) attend opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)President of the Federation of Jewish Communities Alexander Boroda (L), Governor of Moscow Oblast Andrey Vorobiev (C) and Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar (R) attend opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)
A Rabbi lights the Hannukah Menorah during Hanukkah celebrations and the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)A Rabbi lights the Hannukah Menorah during Hanukkah celebrations and the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)
Musicians perform during the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)Musicians perform during the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)
A Rabbi lights the Hannukah Menorah during Hanukkah celebrations and the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)A Rabbi lights the Hannukah Menorah during Hanukkah celebrations and the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)
Jewish artists perform during the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)Jewish artists perform during the opening of the new Jewish cultural center and synagogue in Zhukovka, outside Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2015. The opening of the synagogue coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Hannukah. Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build. (Credit: EPA)

More of today's headlines

New York, NY - In an almost-clinical exercise aimed at defining the overall message of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, the New York Times has analyzed some 95,000 words... Washington - In a rare Oval Office address, President Barack Obama vowed Sunday night the U.S. will overcome a new phase of the terror threat that seeks to "poison the...

 

Advertisement:
Total3

Read Comments (3)  —  Post Yours »

1

 Dec 07, 2015 at 09:48 AM albroker Says:

Jews in Moscow are safer than those in NY or Israel

2

 Dec 07, 2015 at 10:15 AM Mordechai Says:

"Reports state that the new complex cost 20 million US dollars to build." Who paid for it?

3

 Dec 07, 2015 at 01:49 PM IamYid Says:

Why are there three stupid shtenders on either side of the aron? Why are they facing toward where the mispalelim are, not toward the wall? I've never seen anything this goyish in any shul in my life!

4

Sign-in to post a comment

Scroll Up
Advertisements:

Sell your scrap gold and broken jewelry and earn hard cash sell gold today!