Great Choral Synagogue (Kiev)
|Great Choral Synagogue|
|Leadership||Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich|
|Location||Schekovytska 29, Podil|
|Architect(s)||1895 - Nikolay Gardenin|
1915 - Valerian Rykov
The Great Choral Synagogue of Kiev, also known as the Podil Synagogue or the Rozenberg Synagogue, is the oldest synagogue in Kiev, Ukraine. It is situated in Podil, a historic neighborhood of Kyiv, and is under the leadership of Rabbi Bleich, chief rabbi of Ukraine.
The Aesopian synagogue was built in 1895. It was designed in Neo-Moorish style by Nikolay Gordenin. Gabriel Yakob Rozenberg, a merchant, financed the building. In 1915 the building was reconstructed by Valerian Rykov. The reconstruction was financed by Vladimir Ginzburg, a nephew of Rozenberg.
Since 1945, the building has again been used as a synagogue. In 1992, Yaakov Bleich was appointed rabbi of the Jewish community of Kyiv and chief rabbi of Ukraine.
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This Synagogue was NEVER open after 1945. It was a depository for handwritten books. As the matter of fact, Kiev after 1945 DID NOT HAVE a Synagogue!