The Jewish festival Limmud Volga-Urals began on Friday in Kazan, capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan, with an inter-faith dialogue.
The largest Jewish festival in the region, Limmud Volga-Urals this year began with an interfaith dialogue event involving a conversation between religious leaders in the region. The discussion was chaired by Chaim Chesler, founder of Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union), with the participation of one of Russia’s chief rabbis, the Chief Rabbi of Tatarstan, the head of the local Russian-Orthodox church, the Grand Mufti of Tatarstan, senior Islamic clerics and two prominent rabbis from Israel.
Later in the festival, Tatar President Rustam Minnikhanov, leaders of the local Jewish community and the Israeli Ambassador to Russia will take part in a ceremony to rededicate the 100-year-old Great Synagogue of Kazan.
Taking place at the same time as Limmud Volga-Urals will be the Kazan Festival of Jewish Music, jointly organised by the Jewish community and the government of Tatarstan.
The festival is coordinated by Limmud FSU, an educational organisation that aims to strengthen Jewish communities throughout the former Soviet Union.