Four New Mikvaos Open Across Russia
By Tamar Runyan, Chabad.org
The past month saw the unprecedented opening of four new Jewish ritual baths across Russia.
Located in Moscow, Kostroma, Orenburg and Bryansk, the facilities were
constructed under the supervision of the office of Russian Chief Rabbi
Berel Lazar and with the financial help of philanthropist Lev Levievís
Ohr Avner Foundation, Mikhail Mirilashvili, Yitzchak Mishaan, the
Alashvilli and Shamilashvilli families, and the Rabbinical Centre of
The new bath in Moscow was built alongside the Darkei Shalom synagogue
run by Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Dovid and Shulamit Karpov in the capitalís
In Kostroma, meanwhile, crews rebuilt a facility reportedly used by the
Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous
memory, during his exile there in 1927.
It had been sealed by Communist authorities and was largely forgotten
until its discovery by local Chief Rabbi Nison Ruppo 10 years ago.
The project in Orenburg was directed by Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Goel
Myers, while Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Menachem Zakles supervised the
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