BUCHAREST (EJP)--- Israeli Chief Rabbi, Shlomo Amar and Russian philanthropist Lev Leviev were amongst the hundreds of people who attended the reopening of the renewed “Yeshua Tova - Teiferet Dov” Synagogue in Bucharest last Wednesday.
It was the first time since before WWII that the Romanian capital hosted an event which held such signifiicance for the country’s 12,000 Jews.
Amar inaugurated two Torah Scrolls, with one of them dedicated to the 400,000 Jews who were murdered by the Nazis in both Romania and the territories occupied by Hungary during the Holocaust.
The Scrolls were written during the last year and the last letters were inscribed by the Israeli Chief Rabbi himself.
Over the last decade the reopened synagogue has been used mainly for the services held by the Lubavitch representative to Romania, Rabbi Naftali Deutsche.
“It is my ardent hope that this will be the first of many events which will enable us to share our rich cultural heritage and common European values with the wider community,” Rabbi Deutsche declared.
Romania joined the European Union on 1 January 2007.
Among the personalities who attended the event and expressed their appreciation were Romanian Chief Rabbi Menachem Hacohen, FEDROM's (Federation of Romanian Jewish communities) chairman Aurel Vaine, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Joshua Pollack, Israeli Ambassador to Romania Rodica Radion-Gordon and US Ambassador to Romania Nickolas Taubman.
The event was followed by a gala reception attended by religious and secular personalities from Israel, United States, England, France, Belgium and Bulgaria, as well as international diplomatic representatives and Romanian authorities.
The following day Amar, joined Hacohen at a religious ceremony in the main Synagogue of the the Romanian Jewry, The Choral Temple in Bucharest.