A new branch of Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim has opened in the city of Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia’s largest Muslim republic. The Nov. 8 event is timed to the 20th of Cheshvan, which marks the birthday of the fifth Lubavitcher RebbeRabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn, known by the acronym “Rashab.”

Born in the town of Lubavitch in White Russia, he is the founder of Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim.

The new yeshivah building is situated on the same parcel of land as the city’s more than 100-year-old Central synagogue, which was recently restored. It boasts large, beautiful study halls to meet the school’s needs, funded by Russian businessman and philanthropist David Aminov of Moscow. A variety of programs will be offered related to the study of Torah and chassidus for all ages and levels, from beginners to advanced students.

This development constitutes a major breakthrough in the Jewish Community in Kazan, under the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Yitzchak Gorelik.

In addition to supporters and local community members, guests of honor at the opening ceremony included the Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar; Rustam Minnikhanov, president of the Republic of Tatarstan; Ilsur Metshin, mayor of Kazan; Rabbi Alexander Boroda, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the former Soviet Union; and Aminov.

(Photo: Jewish Community in Kazan)
(Photo: Jewish Community in Kazan)
(Photo: Jewish Community in Kazan)
(Photo: Jewish Community in Kazan)
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(Photo: Jewish Community in Kazan)
(Photo: Jewish Community in Kazan)
(Photo: Jewish Community in Kazan)
(Photo: Jewish Community in Kazan)
(Photo: Jewish Community in Kazan)