Photos by A. Gurinov
It was a festive and joyful day for the city of Krasnodar which lies in Western Russia. Under the leadership of dynamic Shliach Rabbi Menachem Mendel Lazar, the Jewish community decided to join together in writing a Torah scroll that would unite all of the city’s Jews. Much effort and resources were put into this beautiful project, which was overseen by the dedicated Rosh Hakahal Reb Arye Leib Tkatch and Mr. Elman Michailov.
In honor of the festivities, which were an expression of the Jewish renaissance in the city of Kransnodar, the shliach’s father, Chief Rabbi of Russia Rabbi Berel Lazar flew in especially. The shliach’s father in law, Chief Rabbi of Berlin Rabbi Yehuda Teichtel, and his brother, Rabbi of Simferopol in Crimea, Rabbi Yechezkel Lazar also flew in to partake in the festivities.
Additional guests who came from afar included Rabbi Shneur Zalman Segal, Rabbi of Baku, Azerbadjan, who was amongst the pioneers that began working with Krasnodar’s Jews. Rabbi Danzinger and Rabbi Stolin arrived from Rostov, Rabbi Halperin and Rabbi Leidiker arrived from Moscow, Rabbi Purchansky of Ohr Avner in Israel, and philanthropist Mr. Efraim Binyaminov of Moscow.
After the parade and customary hakafos, there was a lavish seudas mitzvah, for the many guests, community members, and government representatives. The feast and lavish event were generously sponsored by the Torpiashvilli and Davidov families, causing Krasnodar’s Jews to once again be very proud of their Judaism.
It was with great joy that news was received during the event from the Gavrielov and Saminduyev families of their decision to also sponsor an additional Torah scroll for the growing community of Krasodar.