Monday, January 30, 2012

Hasids can use former synagogue building in Uman 

Cherkassy, January 30, Interfax - Hasids who come to Uman, Cherkassy
region of Ukraine, to visit the grave of their spiritual leader tsadik
Nahman every year can now use the building of a former synagogue, Sergey Tulub, the head of the Cherkassy Region's administration, said.

"The Hasidic religious community has full rights to use the building of
the former synagogue in which tsadik Nahman used as a prayer house,"
Tulub was quoted by the administration as saying.

The land site, which has an area of four hectares, is located in Uman, 49 Ulitsa Sovetskaya, where the instrument-making plant Megommetr has been located since 1957. On December 22, 2011, the Cherkassy
Region's Economic Court invalidated the sale by the city council of the
four-hectare land site with the building of the former synagogue on it
to the plant, granting a lawsuit filed by the local culture department.

The court also ordered the enterprise to return the land site to the
city and the state council to return the money paid for the land site to
the enterprise.

Every fall, pilgrims go to Uman to visit the grave of Rabi Nahman. Their
number is increasing now that the visa regime has been lifted between
Ukraine and Israel.


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