Recently appointed Belarusian Minister of Religious and Ethnic Affairs Alexander Rumak conducted a formal visit last week to the religious and humanitarian institutions in the city of Bobruisk. During the visit, the minister’s delegation took a special in-depth tour of the city’s Synagogue and famous Jewish courtyard.
“The Minster’s approach to our country’s Jews and the Jewish religion is very respectful and welcoming,” says Rabbi Shaul Hababo, the Chief Rabbi of Bobruisk. “During his visit and tour, he was extremely pleasant and warm towards our community’s needs and we are certain he will do his utmost to assist the community in the future.”
The Minister’s visit, accompanied by the city’s deputy mayor, included a tour of the Jewish community’s vibrant synagogue, led by Rabbi Hababo, and the city’s famous Jewish courtyard containing the remnants of the historic Shoichets’ Synagogue, once a famous city landmark.
It is noteworthy that the Minister originated from the famous Jewish Shtetl Motol (or Motal) in South Belarus, in which Mr. Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel, was born.
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