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Hundreds Attend Siberian Inauguration

March 31, 2009 9:30 AM
The Jewish community of Irkutsk, Russia, inaugurated its renovated synagogue last week in a ceremony attended by the country’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar. It took the community, led by Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Aharon Wagner, four years to restore the 130-year-old synagogue to its former glory after a 2004 fire nearly destroyed the structure. One of the largest of its kind, the Siberian synagogue now houses a nursery, computer room, library, youth hall, cafeteria and the local offices of the Jewish Agency.
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The freshly painted exterior of Irkutsk’s historic 130-year-old synagogue signals a new era for the Jewish community, which endured the near destruction of its central facility in a 2004 fire.
The freshly painted exterior of Irkutsk’s historic 130-year-old synagogue signals a new era for the Jewish community, which endured the near destruction of its central facility in a 2004 fire.

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