2014/5774 Sochi 43В° latitude 39В° longitude - Olympic Winter Games 7th of February/Adar. New Synagogue to be built. Is Sochi Russia's New Jerusal...

2014/5774 Sochi 43В° latitude 39В° longitude - Olympic Winter Games 7th of February/Adar. New Synagogue to be built. Is Sochi Russia's New Jerusalem?
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Sunday, January 26, 2014 08:58 am

Sarajevo held the Olympic Winter Games in 1984.


Partner Airports Sarajevo-Sochi

Distance: 937 nm / 1736 km
Elevation: 90 ft / 27 m
TA: 2060 ft / MSA: 9500 ft

Sochi International Airport is an airport located in Adler District of the resort city of Sochi, on the coast of the Black Sea
in the federal subject of Krasnodar Krai, Russia. Because of the presence of natural obstacles (mountains) to the north and north-east of the airport, take off and landing are only possible on the sea side of the facility.

Coincidentally Sarajevo and Sochi are on the same latitude namely 43В° -> 7,
Sochi on longitude 39В° -> 13 13 13


Chief Rabbi of Russia, Berel Lazar: New synagogue to be built in Sochi


Jewish Sochi


The resort city of Sochi, Russia is located on the coast of the Black Sea. It is a popular Russian tourist city famous for its ski resorts and many mineral baths. Thousands of Jews from all over Russia and abroad come to vacation here.

Historically, this city once served as a refuge for Jews who wished to preserve their Judaism in secret. Today, the Jewish community numbers approximately 3,000 Jews. Unfortunately, there is a very high percentage of assimilation in the city.

In 5761 (2001), Rabbi Aryeh and Rebbitzen Chana Edelkopf arrived in Sochi as personal emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe with the generous support of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia headed by Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar. They have revived Jewish life in the city through many communal and educational activities.

They gather the Jewish community to join in celebrating the various Jewish holidays. On Passover, they host public communal Seders, on Purim, a big party and megillah reading, and on Hanukkah, public Menorah lightings and celebrations. The city now has a network of Torah classes for men, women and youth, as well as active Mezuzah and Tefillin campaigns. There is a beautiful mikveh in Sochi\'s JCC. When needed, a Mohel comes from Moscow to perform circumcisions. A growing interest blossoms amongst the Jewish community in purchasing books on Judaism, acquiring Matzos for Passover and participating in other Jewish rituals. Hundreds of families are receiving educational Jewish material delivered to their homes on a monthly basis.

In addition, the Jewish community distributes food and clothing to the needy. Nine years ago, a kindergarten and a Hebrew school were established to ensure Jewish continuity, along with extensive activities with the community\'s youth, who are our future.

Rabbi Aryeh Edelkopf is also active among thousands of Jewish tourists vacationing in the many of the city’s hotels and those that arrive on cruises. The guests are invited to attend synagogue and join the delicious and kosher Shabbat meals. For many Jewish tourists, Jewish Sochi may be their first exposure to our wonderful traditions.

Thousands of Jews annually come to Sochi to participate in forums, exhibitions and competitions and are welcomed warmly by the local Jewish community.

Welcome home!


Possibly things come just the other way around than we are told to believe
by allegedly anti-Russian alternative web sites.

Aaron Kalman and Stuart Winer – Times of Israel

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