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Odessa Jewish Community

Modern Odessa Judaic religious community is one of the largest and fastest growing Jewish communities in Eastern Europe and cis. Active development of the community began in 1992-1993 when it was headed arrived in Israel at the invitation of the Odessa congregation Rabbi Shlomo Baksht (today – the chief rabbi of Odessa and Odessa region). When you create a community infrastructure, in addition to restoration of a purely religious institutions return believers main synagogue in Odessa (1996) and large-scale reconstruction of this monument of history and architecture, special attention was paid to the organization in Odessa extensive educational system that harmoniously . As part of the educational complex "Tikva" – "Or Same" today are: kindergarten, primary school, a school for boys and girls (including two branches in different districts of Odessa), Hebrew University, boarding schools, where pupils – both from Ukraine and other cis countries – are fully provided for. All in all kindergartens and schools "Tikva" – "Or Same" trained about 1000 children. Within the community there is a full system of kosher, including kosher food store, kosher restaurant and a cafe. Also, there are numerous educational, charitable, cultural, media and other projects. Traditional for the Odessa Jewish community is integrated into the life of the city and that does not prevent her from actively developing international relations: representation organization Tikva Children's Home have been established and actively operating in Israel, usa, uk.. .

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