The world’s only wooden synagogue returned to the Jewish community in Tomsk

© Photo courtesy of the press service of chief Rabbi Rossiiskaya wooden synagogue. Archive photoThe world’s only wooden synagogue returned to the Jewish community in Tomsk© Photo courtesy of the press service of chief Rabbi of Russia

The Tomsk authorities on 1 February will give the Jewish community the world’s only wooden synagogue, preserved to our days, the ceremony of transfer will arrive the chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, told RIA Novosti in the press service.

«A synagogue is related to objects of cultural heritage of regional value. Its name – «Soldier» — is associated with the cantonists, recruits of the 8-th Tomsk infantry regiment, which it did. The history of the construction of the synagogue is also closely linked with the name Herzl Tsam, according to historians, the only Russian Jew, received in the XIX century officer rank,» — noted in the press service of chief Rabbi of the country.

Under the leadership of Tsam in 1872 in Tomsk appeared first prayer school for the military, and in 1906 she turned directly to the synagogue. It happened after the building was severely damaged by the fire.

«Soldiers, struggling with the consequences of the incident, made the structure larger in width and in height. Now it began to flaunt its three domes, doors and the architraves were decorated with wooden carvings – a Torah scroll, star of David, bunches of grapes. In its new incarnation, this place was called Soldiers ‘ synagogue,» — said the press service.

In the beginning of 2018, the city authorities made a final decision on the handover of the keys of the synagogue in the hands of the Jewish community. During the visit, the chief Rabbi of Russia in Tomsk is scheduled to meet with the Governor and the mayor, participated in the solemn ceremony of transfer of keys, a visit to the newly built Jewish community center, prayer passed in the building of Soldiers ‘ synagogue and a meeting with participants of the Jewish youth club.

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