HaBayis For Jewish Center In Moscow And The New Marina Roscha Shul
of Jews participated in the festive chanukas ha’bayis for the new seven
story Marina Roscha Shul and Jewish center. The brand new building contains the
Beis Menachem Shul with 2,000 seats for men and 400 seats for women, and will
serve as the nerve center for Jewish programming and outreach in Moscow.
magnificent new building was built near the spot where the legendary Marina
Roscha Shul used to be before it was burned down a few years ago by
anti-Semites. The Marina Roscha Shul, which served Chabad Chassidim for many
years, has quite an impressive history. It remained active throughout the
seventy years of Communist rule, even though all other shuls (except for
the Archipova Shul) were closed down. Throughout the years,
Jewish-Chassidic outreach extended from this shul, preserving the Jewish
the fall of communism, the work in disseminating Judaism and the wellsprings of
Chassidus exploded. A yeshiva was opened, and a shul, a shluchim
office, a center for mitzva tanks, a branch of CHAMA, a center for brissin,
a center for food distribution, and even a shatnez laboratory were all
crowded into the small building and its surrounding courtyard.
fire burned it all down, but the shluchim in Moscow, led by the chief
rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar, soon saw the blessing in it. Rabbi Lazar,
together with Rabbi Mordechai Weisberg, a shaliach in Moscow, decided to
return fire with fire.
began to construct a Jewish community center in Moscow that will serve as a
beacon of the light of Torah and Chassidus for tens of thousands of Jews. Many
Jews in Russia and abroad who heard about the revival of Judaism in Moscow
enthusiastically contributed towards the center.
seven story structure is near Sochowski Street, one of Moscow’s main streets.
It consists of 7,000 square meters and contains a mikva on the first
floor and the shul on the second and third floors. The new Beis Menachem
Shul is one of the most beautiful shuls in the world.
building also serves as the center for the Federation of Jewish Communities of
the CIS and contains the main office of the Federation of Communities and
Shluchim. It also has simcha halls, a Torah library with books in
Russian, a video room, and a center for Chabad projects throughout Russia.
event celebrating the chanukas ha’bayis was covered in the media
throughout Russia, in Eretz Yisroel and around the world. All the shluchim in
the C.I.S. were there, as well as distinguished guests from Eretz Yisroel such
as Rabbi Yisroel Meir Lau, Natan Sharansky, and the president of the Association
of Jewish Communities in Russia, Mr. Michael Gloz. The event featured a guest
appearance by the president of Russia, Vladimir Potin. Mr. Potin stayed for the
entire event and addressed all of the media.
included Rabbi Berel Lazar, businessman Levi Leviev, the deputy mayor of Moscow,
the Israeli ambassador, the American ambassador, and President Potin. Mr. Potin
spoke for 15 minutes praising the Jewish community, the Federation of Jewish
Communities and Rabbi Lazar.
the beginning of the event, former chief rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Mordechai
Eliyahu, stood near the Russian president and read a chapter of Tehillim.
Then he blew a shofar and gave it to Mr. Potin as a gift.
Potin and Rabbi Lazar cut the ribbon and then Rabbi Lazar affixed a mezuza
to the new building.
real beneficiaries of this wonderful new shul and Jewish center are the
thousands of Jews in Moscow, who received personal invitations to participate in
the event. During the festivities, rabbanim and shluchim called
upon the Jews of Moscow to go to shul more frequently and to renew the
glorious days of Jewish life in Russia.
the end of the celebration, each participant received an attractive prospectus
describing the work of the Federation, as well as a medallion engraved with the
symbol of the Federation. After the public event, there was a separate dinner to
honor the donors who contributed towards the building and those who came to
participate in the celebration.
Tuesday, 19 Elul, there was a dinner for the main contributors towards the
center, which cost 15 million dollars. Each participant received a special video
of the work of Chabad in the C.I.S.
of the guests flew to Dniepropetrovsk on Wednesday for the dedication of
an old shul that was returned to the Jewish community a few years ago.
The shul was renovated over the past few years, again with many
distinguished guests attending the event, including the chief rabbis of Israel
and the president of the Ukraine, Mr. Leonid Kotchma.