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Postponed Due To Shabat

By Dima Sharov

Mr. David Rosenson, CEO at the Charity Foundation Avihai, established in 1984, was born in St.Petersburg. Mr. Rosenson's private fund is known to be striving for supporting judaism and traditional Jewish values.
On February 5th, the Assembly of the Global Club of St. Peterburgers has recognized Mr. David Rosenson as a member of the Club. There was a ceremony at the St. Petersburg Hermitage attended by City Governor, Presidents of universities, and other influential individuals.
But there was one stunning thing about that ceremony, that would make any Jewish heart beat faster.
"I was totally speechless", confessed Mr. Rosenson in his facebook read more...

Joseph Brodsky. No Monument This Year?

By Dima Sharov

1987 Nobel Prize winner, Joseph Brodsky, would have turned 75 on May 24, this year. The monument

Muruzi House at 24, Liteiny Avenue where Brodky lived with his parents (1949-1972)

to a great Russian poet, as well as the memorial museum, are still planned on being opened right at this address: 24, Liteiny in St. Petersburg, where Brodsky lived for as long as 23 years.
The blind firewall in the backyard of the residential building is considered as the proper background for the future monument.
Joseph Brodsky was not officially recognized as a poet back at times of the Soviet rule. After years of considerable pressure from the authorities, without a single chance to get his poetry published, he was eventually "strongly advised" to leave the country.
“What a biography they’re fashioning for our red-haired friend!”, once said Anna Ahmatova, “It’s as if he’d hired them to do it on purpose...”
Brodsky's whimsical biography is not yet over though. Life itself inspires it read more...

Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef
in St.-Petersburg Synagogue

24 December 2014
Photo: Alexander Ogurtzov                                                                                               see more...


Pomogu – I will help!

By Dima Sharov

The St. Petersburg Grand Choral Synagogue introduces a new online charity project: is a brand new charity project by the St. Petersburg Jewish Community and Grand Choral Synagogue (pomogu in Russian means: I will help). Now anyone willing to give a hand to those in need, is enabled to do that without even leaving his or her cosy room.
Donations are accepted from smartphones, credit cards, Yandex Money, Qiwi Wallets and other online cash transfer services.
Pages of the new website will always be full of true stories.
Here is a Jewish family with children but with no means of survival. This old lady is in urgent need of insulin for her diabetes. And this much is the electricity bill of the read more...

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A second Mikva is now avaialble in St. Petersburg
Until recently, the Grand Choral Synagogue was the only place in St. Petersburg with a Mikva available for ritual immersions. However, one mikva in the whole town didn't seem to be sufficient for our rapidly growing Jewish community.  

Twelve Candles
Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel, Mr. David Lau, was present at the Opening Ceremony of the monument to the Leningrad Rabbis killed in 1937.  

The Discovery of Alter Rebe
In 1798, Alter Rebbe was jailed at the St. Petersburg Peter and Paul Fortress. In 2014, the complete story of Alter Rebbe, including all questioning protocols, orders and letters by the authorities, has been published as dedication to Kislev 19th.  

Calendar On The Way
As 5775 is looming on the horizon, The Jewish Calendar by the Grand Choral Synagogue of SPB is out now and making its way to over 20,000 St. Petersburg Jewish families.  

Good Time's Back
The colorful Jewish calendar which the Grand Choral Synagogue mails out to thousands of Jewish families around St.Petersburg, requires urgent corrections. The printable makeup was almost ready when the Government confirmed the winter time change will be back in effect this year.   





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