Authorities Restore Synagogue to Jewish Community in Odessa

In a decision that has been repeated in many cities in the Former Soviet Union, authorities are restoring to Jewish communities synagogue buildings that were confiscated back in the prewar years.

Last week, one such synagogue taken from a Jewish community in Odessa, was formally returned to this Ukrainian community. The decision was reached by a decisive majority of the regional council who voted to transfer the building taken illegally from nearly 100 years ago.

Berel Kapulkin, spokesman for the local Jewish community, described it as a “historic” development of significant ramifications for the spiritual life of the city’s Jews. 

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