A series of events in honor of the upcoming Jewish New Year were held recently in the Far East of Russia, led by Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and attended by thousands of Jews.
Every year, the chief Rabbi travels through the country, strengthening and encouraging Russian Jews in cities and counties across the state.
The journey began in the city of Khabarovsk, which is an eight-hour flight from Moscow, the capital of Russia.
In Khabarovsk a celebration was held to mark the completion of a Torah scroll, combined with a celebration to mark ten years since the building of the Great Synagogue in the city center, and the revival of Judaism by the rabbi of the city and Chabad Shliach Rabbi Yaakov Santikov.
During his trip, Chief Rabbi Lazar toured the extensive educational institutions of the “Or Avner” network. He also met with various Governors of large cities, who expressed their appreciation for the activities of the Jewish community and promised to continue assistance to the community.
In addition, the Chief Rabbi attended a ceremony held by the government to celebrate the end of World War II, attended by thousands of people, including Holocaust survivors from the Jewish community.
The journey ended in the city of Birobidzhan, which is marking 80 years since Stalin established the region as an autonomous Jewish state.
Rabbi Lazar visited Jewish institutions in the city together with Chabad Shliach Rabbi Eliyahu Ris, who is leading the spritiual revival of thousands of local Jews.
A reception was held with local government officials, where the activities of the Jewish community were commended.