The Edmond J. Safra Sefardic Synagogue in the Ipanema neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, celebrated the inauguration of their new building on Sunday with great joy and pride by the local Jewish community.
Over 1,500 people participated in the opening event, marked by the completion of 3 new Sefer Torahs.
Shluchim Rabbi and Mrs. Gavriel Aboutboul have served as dedicated Shluchim for the past 26 years at the Sefardic Synagogue of Ipanema.
Renowned throughout the country of Brazil as a dynamic speaker, Rabbi Aboutboul, with his charisma, warmth and enthusiasm, has touched the heart and soul of many Jews and brought them closer to learning Torah and observing Mitzvos.
With their congregation continually growing, the Synagogue grew to be too small for their needs, and with the help of the Rio de Janeiro community and donors from abroad, a new Synagogue was finally built.
Jerusalem stone, reforested wood and a stunning facade embellishes the architectural design of the 6 story building. The main Synagogue has seating for 440 people, and the new center also contains a Beis Medrash and everyday prayers Synagogue, events hall, 2 kitchens, 3 mikvahs, classrooms, a library, a children’s room and open outdoor space for a Sukkah.
Ipanema is a famous tourist location, and the new center will serve both residents and visitors to the area.
“Our goal is to reach the 1,000 Jewish families in the area and offer activities to the youth and children in a proper space, and provide both physical and spiritual services,” says Rabbi Aboutboul.