Bolshaya Bronnaya Synagogue

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Bolshaya Bronnaya Synagogue Московская Синагога на Большой Бронной улице
Синагога на Большой Бронной улице (Москва).jpg
AffiliationOrthodox Judaism
LocationRussia Moscow, Russia

The Bolshaya Bronnaya Synagogue (Russian: Московская Синагога на Большой Бронной улице) is a Russian synagogue, located at 6 Bolshaya Bronnaya Street in Moscow.

The synagogue was built as a private synagogue by pre-revolutionary millionaire Lazar Solomonovich Polyakov. Privately constructed and owned synagogues that served congregations were a familiar tradition in many parts of Europe; in the Russian Empire, great magnates could sometimes get permission to erect private synagogues outside of the Pale of settlement when congregations could not.

The pre-war rabbi was executed by the Soviet government in 1937 and the building was converted into a trade union meeting hall. In 1991, the building was transferred to Chabad Lubavich. In 2004, a renovation was completed. The building includes classrooms, a bookstore, a lecture hall, mikvah and kosher restaurant.[1] Since 1991, the rabbi has been Yitzchok Kogan.

In 1999 there was a failed bomb attack on the synagogue.[2][3][4] On January 11, 2006, the synagogue was attacked by a neo-Nazi skinhead who stabbed nine people.[5] According to The Forward, 20-year-old Alexander Koptsev shouted "I will kill Jews" and "Heil Hitler" before stabbing at least eight men. The rabbi jumped Kotsev, and the rabbi's 18-year-old-son, Yosef Kogan, wrestled him to the ground. Kogan held the assailant until police detained him.[6] A documentary film was made about the two incidents.[4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2010-02-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ RUSSIA: 8 WOUNDED IN ATTACK ON MOSCOW SYNAGOGUE; New York Times, Jan 12, 2006 [1]
  3. ^, Rabbi’s son foils bombing attempt at Moscow shul by LEV KRICHEVSKY, Jewish Telegraphic Agency [2]
  4. ^ A history of hate; Russia's Jews are under attack. Synagogues have been bombed, cemeteries defiled, the far right is growing fast and politicians openly spout racist views.
  5. ^ Shul Stabbings, January 13, 2006, The Forward,
  6. ^ Perelman, Marc. "Calls for Protection Rise After Attack in Moscow International". January 20, 2006 [3]

Coordinates: 55°45′37″N 37°35′53″E / 55.7602°N 37.5981°E / 55.7602; 37.5981