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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Synagogue Rebuilt After Blast




Moscow Jews gathered Monday evening for a ceremony to celebrate the rebuilding of a synagogue that was damaged in a bomb attack in May.


About 1,000 people attended the ceremony, including Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov.


The highlight was the completion of a hand-written Torah dedicated to the synagogue near central Moscow that has been the scene of several attacks in recent years.


In the latest incident, Jewish graves were desecrated on June 28 at a cemetery maintained by the Mariina Roshcha synagogue, which is run by Lubavitch Jews.


A bomb exploded near the synagogue on May 13, just minutes after members of the congregation left a holiday celebration, badly damaging the building and injuring two people.


In 1996, another bomb exploded at the center. And an arson fire nearly destroyed the synagogue in 1993.