The Jewish community in S. Petersburg, Russia, celebrated the opening of a new synagogue in the city’s Viyborg neighborhood. Located in the recently-built Maor Jewish Community Center, the synagogue will serve the estimated 20,000 Jews who live in the neighborhood.

At the ceremony, which included a procession of a new Torah scroll donated by businessman Grigory Feldman, Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Bentzion Lipsker affixed a mezuzah to the synagogue’s entrance.

Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Menachem Mendel Pewzner, chief rabbi of S. Petersburg, and community chairman Mark Grubarg also participated.