By COLlive reporter
A group of rabbis held a unique Jewish ceremony in the Russian city of Novomoskovsk in the Tula Oblast, neighboring Moscow, this week.
The purpose was to consecrate ground to be used as a Jewish cemetery and stipulate that the plot designated as a Jewish cemetery will be used exclusively for Jews.
Conducting the process were Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, ZAKA’s Rabbi Yaakov Roza and members of the Chevra Kadisha burial society of Moscow.
The rabbis used a newly published booklet “Sanctifying Burial Ground,” conducting the hakafot, reading the prayers and sounding the shofars, as is customary.
The property was donated by generous members of the Kavkazian Jewish community in Moscow, led by Shliach Rabbi Avraham Eilgoyev.
Following the ceremony, people present said a L’chaim and blessed that the cemetery won’t come to use.