The synagogue in Sochi in Russia has been renovated and a new Torah scroll acquired ahead of the city’s hosting of the Winter Olympics next year.

Rabbi Ari Edelkopf, director of the Jewish Community of Sochi, told JTA the renovation was completed this month and “will help our synagogue serve not only thousands of local Jews, but also Jews from around the world who come to Sochi for business and the thousands expected during the Winter Olympics.”

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The previous Winter Olympics, held in 2010 in Vancouver, drew in thousands of athletes from dozens of countries and tens of thousands of spectators.

The new Torah scroll was brought to Sochi’s synagogue, housed in the local Jewish Community Center, after a colorful procession earlier this month through the main streets of the resort city of 500,000 on the eastern shores of the Black Sea.

The Kaganovich family in St. Petersburg paid for the Torah. Berel Lazar, a chief rabbi of Russia, and rabbis from the Jewish community of St. Petersburg led a ceremony marking its arrival.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The Winter Olympics held in Sochi, will have an irony associated with it. During the 1840's to 1860's, when Czarist Russia took this area over, the Caucasus peoples were forcibly driven out. The Circassians to the Ottoman Empire, and the present-day Middle Eastern countries. Along with the Ubykhs, and their language became extinct. So if any Circassians are in the Winter Olympic teams of Turkey, Lebanon and Israel, they will be retuning to their ancestral homeland, where they were forcibly driven out. How do you say Winter Olympics in Ubykh?

  2. The Winter Olympics held in Sochi, will have an irony associated with it. During the 1840's to 1860's, when Czarist Russia took this area over, the Caucasus peoples were forcibly driven out. The Circassians to the Ottoman Empire, and the present-day Middle Eastern countries. Along with the Ubykhs, and their language became extinct. So if any Circassians are in the Winter Olympic teams of Turkey, Lebanon and Israel, they will be retuning to their ancestral homeland, where they were forcibly driven out. How do you say Winter Olympics in Ubykh?

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