In Arkhangelsk opened the synagogue and community center «star of the North»

© RIA Novosti / Ramil Sildenafilgeneric. Archival photoIn Arkhangelsk opened the synagogue and community center «star of the North»© RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov

The opening ceremony of the northernmost synagogue in Russia and the community center «star of the North» took place on Thursday in Arkhangelsk with the participation of the chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, told journalists in a press-service of the regional government.

October 11, not a randomly selected date for the opening of the synagogue, on this day in 1890, in Arkhangelsk, at the expense of the merchant Isaac binder was built the city’s first synagogue, which was destroyed in 1920.

«So historically, Arkhangelsk oblast has always been multireligious. In the port city has always sheltered different religious beliefs, different nationalities. Our immediate task is to preserve and increase this tradition,» — said at the opening of the synagogue, the Governor of the region Igor Orlov, quoted by the press service.

Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar noted that the community center is not just a house of worship. It is a place where people can come, get an education, there is a place for meetings, concerts, charity and social projects. «Religion is not only prayer, observance of the rites. Religion is life when one lives with the understanding that he must do good. So this place not only for Jews, it is for everyone. Every religion, every nation needs to think bigger than just themselves and their brethren, and that can be done for the city and its residents,» — said the chief Rabbi.

On three floors the «Star of North» is the premises for the Rabbi, a prayer hall, classrooms, library, meeting rooms, hotel rooms, a restaurant, a large concert hall. As noted by the head of the national-cultural autonomy of the Jews of Arkhangelsk Anatoly Obermeister, the doors of the centre open to all.