A new building for the Lubavitch Yeshiva in Moscow was inaugurated this week in Russia’s capital.
Attended by Israel’s Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, the event was an opportunity to award outstanding students.
Established 20 years ago, Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch has educated hundreds of bochurim, many of whom now head communities in the former Soviet Union.
The building was donated by businessmen Reuven Shmilashvilli and his brothers-in-law Gavriel and Menashe Alashvilli, in memory of their father Eliyahu OBM.
Russia’s Cheif Rabbi Berel Lazar and Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Menachem Mendel Goldberg thanked the donors and hailed the students’ efforts in pursuing a rabbinical career.
Metzger and Lazar have been said to have visited the Kremlin prior to the event. Details of their visit or who they met have not been released.
Lazar had close relations with Vladimir Putin when he served as the Russian President and is said to retain his Kremlin ties with Dmitry Medvedev.