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15 Nov 2016

European Rabbis to visit places of key importance for Jews in Belarus

MINSK, 15 November (BelTA) - European Rabbis are expected to visit places of key importance for Jews while on a visit to Belarus, President of the Conference of European Rabbis, Chief Rabbi of Moscow Pinchas Goldschmidt told BelTA.

Minsk is playing host to a meeting of the permanent committee of the Conference of European Rabbis. On 16 November its participants are set to visit the places of historical importance for the Jews, including yeshivas in the city of Volozhin and the town of Mir. The members of the committee have already held a number of meetings, including with representatives of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The parties discussed the opportunity to resume the operation of the Volozhin yeshiva. “We hope that the Jewish school system will be restored in Belarus and Belarusian Jews will have an opportunity to continue the tradition of studying the Torah,” said Pinchas Goldschmidt.

The European Rabbis also got familiar with the situation in the Belarusian Jewish community and praised its development.

Founded in 1956, the Conference of European Rabbis has been supporting the revival of Jewish communities and coordinating the activity of Jewish religious organizations in Europe. The permanent committee of the Conference of European Rabbis met in Minsk for the first time.

Yeshiva is a Jewish institution that focuses on the study of traditional religious texts, primarily the Talmud.

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