Thousands of Jews, of all ages and backgrounds, came to a festival that lasted for 6 hours, held at the “Jewish square” between the Jewish Museum, the Charity Center and the Jewish educational campus in Moscow.
The celebration began with the welcoming of a new Torah donated by the Simanov family and the inauguration of a new “Aron Kodesh” in the Mesivta, where hundreds of students learn.
Live Jewish music welcomed participants as they headed to a tent to personally wish a happy birthday to Rabbi Lazar, who helped the unprecedented revival of Jewish life in the former Soviet Union.
Five booths set up nearby, designed by Mrs. Elya Segal, offered a wealth of information about the services, programs and activities the FJC offers in Russia’s capital, from synagogues and education to kosher food, soup kitchens and humanitarian aid.
A highlight of the festival was the presentation of five new vehicles that will join the fleet of cars of the Sharei Tzedek charity center to deliver food and nutrition to the elderly and lonely in the community.