Congregation of Georgian Jews

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Congregation of Georgian Jews
Basic information
Location 6304 Yellowstone Boulevard,
Queens, New York
Geographic coordinates 40°44′03″N 73°51′10″W / 40.734243°N 73.852887°W / 40.734243; -73.852887Coordinates: 40°44′03″N 73°51′10″W / 40.734243°N 73.852887°W / 40.734243; -73.852887
Affiliation Orthodox Judaism
Status Active
Leadership Senior Rabbi: Avraham Ashville
Rabbi: Aharon Chein[1]
Website congregationofgeorgianjews.com

The Congregation of Georgian Jews is an Orthodox synagogue at 6304 Yellowstone Boulevard, in the Flushing/Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York. The members are late twentieth century immigrants from the Republic of Georgia.

History[edit]

The synagogue building was made possible by a donation from the Georgian Jewish[2] philanthropist, Tamir Sapir.[3]

When the Republic of Georgia released a postage stamp honoring the nineteenth century Rabbi Abraam Khvoles, the unveiling ceremony was held at the synagogue by Revaz Adamia, representative of Georgia to the United Nations.[4]

Political defense of Georgia[edit]

During the August 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner held an emergency meeting for the entire Georgian community in New York, Christian and Jewish, at the Congregation because the "ornate" synagogue is the only large, monumental structure built by Georgians in New York City.[5]

Current leadership[edit]

As of 2013, the Senior Rabbi is Avraham Ashville, and the Rabbi and youth director is Aharon Chein.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Torah & Prayer", Congregation of Georgian Jews website. Accessed October 28, 2010.
  2. ^ Queens Jewish Community - Queens Jewish Community
  3. ^ "UJA's Russian Division to honor Tamir Sapir", Real Estate Weekly, April 26, 2006.
  4. ^ Snejana Farberov, "Rabbi gets stamp honor; Georgians pay tribute to a leader", New York Daily News, February 5, 2006.
  5. ^ Marissa Brostoff, "Georgia on Their Mind: Expats Forced To Juggle Dueling Identities", The Forward, August 14, 2008.

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