2020-03-18 14:12:00

Chief rabbi of Russia closes his synagogue

Moscow, March 18, Interfax - Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar issued an instruction to close a synagogue at the Moscow Community Center in Maryina Roscha from midnight March 18, press service of the Federation of the Jewish Communities of Russia tells Interfax on Wednesday.

"The rabbi took such a decision in connection with the danger of coronavirus spreading. We recommend parishioners who keep personal belongings in the synagogue to take them home," the interviewee of the agency said.

According to the President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia Alexander Boroda, it was "difficult, but timely decision."

"We urge all believers to stay home, try to work remotely, spend time with their families. Measures adopted by the Jewish community should help our joint struggle against the virus," Boroda told journalists.

Opening of this Moscow synagogue located at the biggest Jewish religious center of the Western Europe will be announced when the danger of infection passes. However, the sale of matzo for the feast of Passover celebrated on April 8, goes on in the building of the Community Center in Maryina Roscha.