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There Finished a Congress of Rabbis and Their Assistants in Jerusalem
// 08.07.2009

The congress went off from July, 3 to July, 5 in the hotel of “Holiday Inn” in Jerusalem. In the forum they discussed problems of Judaism and Jewish education and also ones of development of educational institutions in conditions of hard economic crisis. The congress was lead by the Chief Rabbi of Russia of Berl Lazar, the President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS of Levi Levaev, and also the rabbi of Moshe Kotliarsky from New-York who is a leader of the World Association of Envoys of the Lubavich Rabbi.

To the congress as delegates there arrived the rabbis of Shimon Bergman and Menachem Rabinovich, also in it there participated the partners of the rabbis of development of our community Boris Sherman and Uriel Abramov. At the congress there were tens of assistants of rabbis and their friends from other communities of the CIS e.g. Gennady Bogoliubov from Dnepropetrivsk, Efraim Mikhailovich from St. Petersburg , Vadim Aminov from Moscow, Alan Green from France and many other persons.

On Tuesday there was a discussion in that there took part all rabbis led by the rabbi of Berl Lazar. After that all rabbis and their assistants assembled for the Shabbat prayer and meal conducted by Levi Levaev. The meal continued up to the early morning soon was turned into a Chasid conference for that the Chief Rabbi of Russia of Berl Lazar called all rabbis and their assistants to strain every effort Jewish educational institutions in the CIS not to be closed because of the economic crisis.

In the morning there went off the prayer of Shacharit, after it there was the Shabbat meal conducted by the rabbi of Abraham Volf from Odessa. In the evening all assembled for the prayer of Mincha, then there began the third meal. For it there presented kids of rabbis, students of the Moscow yeshiva. The meal was continued up to the end of the Shabbat. After there was an evening prayer and Avdal. Then all the rabbis and their assistants went by buses to the unique excursion to the holy town of Chevron where they visited the carve of Machpelah in that there buried our holy ancestors of Abraham and Sara, Yitzhak and Rivka, Jakob and Lea (it is written in the Zohar that Adam and Hava are buried at the same place).

Especially for the rabbis they open the whole carve, and after praying there were a meal near the carve. Also there were songs and dances to the accompaniment of an orchestra. On the end of the meal (at 2 a.m.) all walked to the Abraham Avinu synagogue.

On the next day of Sunday there were a meeting of rabbis in a foyer of the hotel, and their assistants did excursion to the Kotel. After dinner there was a Halacha discussion by participation of the Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Israel Moshe Omer. By the evening all participants of the congress, parents of the rabbis and their friends assembled for a banquet where there presented the President of Israel Shimon Peres, the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel Iona Mezger, ministries, deputies of the Knesset and other public figures. For the evening there make speeches the rabbi of Ben Lazar, the rabbi of Moshe Kotliarevsky, Levi Levaev, Shimon Peres and other respected persons. For the banquet Berl Lazar and Levi Levaev, the President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS, handed certificates to the all assistants of rabbis. The representative of Nizhny Novgorod Mr. Boris Sherman also got a certificate for great financial contribution to building synagogue and writing the new scroll of the Torah.

"Translated by Mark Gart".

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