Two new shuls opened in Russia with Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar in attendance. In keeping with the guidelines laid out by the Ministry of Health, the events were modest, yet were celebrated with great joy and emotion.
The first shul is for the Jews of Pushkino, a city not far from Moscow, the capital. Ever since its new and dynamic Shliach Rabbi Reuven Kuravsky moved there together with his family, it has seen a real spiritual revolution. The results of his untiring work could be seen at the opening of the new shul, with many Jews from the city and the surrounding areas coming to thank him emotionally. Their joy at having their own place to gather was palpable.
Pushkino’s Mayor, Mr. Pertzev, participated in the festivities and publicly thanked the Kuravsky family in the name of the city’s Administration.
The second shul was opened in the city of Obninsk, which is a few hours’ drive away from Moscow. For the first time in the city’s history, a shul was built for the Jews of Obninsk. It’s an impressive building, which hosts a library and classrooms, built by the city’s Shliach Rabbi Ahron Golovchiner.
For the past number of years, Rabbi Golovchiner and his family have been the address for Jews from all over the area for support, a listening ear, and much more. Now, with the inauguration of the new building, their activities will be able to grow and develop, to the great joy of the local Jews.
It’s important to note, that both shuls have plans to build a kosher mikva there in the near future.