With Brand-New Dome, Historic Siberian Synagogue Just About Ready

November 18, 2010 12:40 PM
The off-again on-again restoration of the historic Choral Synagogue in Tomsk, Russia, is nearly complete after well-wishers and passersby strained their necks to witness the installation of a giant dome to the century-old building.
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Workers survey a new dome before hoisting it to the top of the restored Choral Synagogue in Tomsk, Russia. The wood-frame tin-plated dome weighs about 800 kilograms and is about three meters tall.
Workers survey a new dome before hoisting it to the top of the restored Choral Synagogue in Tomsk, Russia. The wood-frame tin-plated dome weighs about 800 kilograms and is about three meters tall.

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Philip Greening-Jackson Chengdu, China July 2, 2012

I taught in Tomsk In 1990 I was teaching in Tomsk State University. I took a Channukiah and gave it to the only Jew I knew there. It still makes me shed tears to think of how things were there then. I am so pleased that the community is now free and developing. Baruch Hashem. Reply

Dov Baron Brooklyn, NY November 21, 2010

Taught there When I was a 770 rabbinical student in 1991, I spent Chanukah in Tomsk together with Uri Ivry. At that time, we got special permission to use the building for the first time after the many years of Communist rule. It had been used as a Soviet Court house. It was very moving back then asI am sure it is now. Reply