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The only wooden synagogue to be returned to Tomsk Jewish community

© предоставлено пресс-службой главного раввина РФThe only wooden synagogue to be returned to Tomsk Jewish community

TOMSK, Jan 23 – RIA Tomsk. The authorities of Tomsk will hand over keys from the only remained  in the world wooden synagogue to local Jewish community on February 1; the chief rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar plans to participate in the ceremony, the press service of the chief rabbi reported on Tuesday.

It is specified that the authorities of Tomsk and the chief rabbi of Russia agreed about transfer of the "soldier" synagogue to the Tomsk Jewish community in 2013.

"At the beginning of 2018 city authorities made the final decision on handover of keys from the synagogue in hands of the Jewish community. On February 1, 2018 the ceremony of handover of the only wooden synagogue in the world to the Jewish community which was preserved up to now will be held in Tomsk", – it is said in the statement.

It is added that the chief rabbi of Russia Lazare plans to participate in the ceremony of handover of keys. Within the visit he intends to meet the governor of the region Sergey Zhvachkin and the mayor of Tomsk Ivan Klein, to visit the center of the Jewish community under construction and to pray in the building of the "soldier" synagogue after its return to community.

The building where the wooden "soldier" synagogue settles down, it was built in 1872 in Tomsk on crossing of the modern Frunze avenue and Belinsky Street. The synagogue received the look and the status after the fire of 1906 – then it was built up by the Jewish soldiers serving in Tomsk. It is the only wooden synagogue in the world and also a historical monument of regional value.

© предоставлено пресс-службой главного раввина РФ
"Soldier" synagogue



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