Russian synagogue won a prestigious award in the field of architecture

© RIA Novosti / Olga Hollaween AVI, Gach lights the first candle of Hanukkah in the open on Sunday Jewish community center of Zhukovka in MoscowRussian synagogue won a prestigious award in the field of architecture© RIA Novosti / Olga Chrol

Jewish religious-cultural centre in the Moscow suburb of Zhukovka and was awarded a prestigious international prize in architecture, The International Property Awards, told RIA Novosti the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia.

The synagogue, according to the FJC, became the world’s first Jewish religious building nominated for this award. The International Property Awards is one of the most prestigious awards in the field of architecture and its laureates can be residential and non-residential buildings. It covers Africa, Arabia, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, UK, USA and other regions. Every year the competition involved more than 1,000 objects from different countries.

«When planning the architecture and design of our center, we tried to create a space that would attract guests with comfort and beauty, so we always have a special atmosphere. But, in addition, it was important for us to choose the architectural solution, which not just would be interesting, but also reflects our idea. Our building is inspired by the seed from which grows the tree (it becomes evident if to look from above): we are not just the leisure centre, we have a huge spiritual component, and our goal to ‘grow’ our guests in a personal, philosophical and creative areas,» — said the President of the FJC Rabbi Alexander Boroda.

«However, a famous saying: do not place makes the man, and the man place. We sincerely thank our parishioners, guests and tourists, people who work on the «Zhukovka», for choosing us. This is our prize, and, of course, such estimation of our work sets a very high bar, which we will try to fit, to set and conquer new horizons», he added.

Synagogue in Kiev was opened at the end of 2015. It operates under the auspices of the FJC.