Kazakhstan. The first in Kazakhstan synagogue will be built in Astana.
During the ceremony of laying down a cornerstone of a would-be Temple's building Chief Rabbi of Kazakhstan Eshaya Kogen told, "this stone has been brought to Kazakhstan from Jerusalem where it was taken near the Lament Wall".
Construction is to be completed within a year. The building will house, beside a synagogue, a mikva, library, as well as a kosher kitchen and canteen.
Nowadays there are over 70 thousand Jews in Kazakhstan.
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Russia. President of the republic Mariy El Leonid Markelov has received a letter from the chairman of Jewish community of the city of Yoshkar-Ola Mark Aron, in which he, in particular, writes "... an attempt has been made to arouse discord among the Jews of the republic, to create a conflict within the community". Leadership of the community has arrived at such distressing conclusion after actions of separate officials from the republican administration who "enrolled" the Jewish community of Yoshkar-Ola (without its activists' consent) into a certain Public council under president of Republic Mariy El.
Uzbekistan. A Rabbinate has first been created in Uzbekistan. It was founded at the conference of Jewish communities' representatives of Uzbekistan held in a Tashkent synagogue Beit Menakhem. The delegates adopted a Statute and elected Chief Rabbi of the republic - Abe David Gurevich.
A crucial moment in relations between the authorities and Jewish community became September events after which the influence of the world community on ruling circles in Asia has strengthened. Several international Jewish organizations have recently settled down in Uzbekistan and successfully function.
Russia. Representatives of Israel's Ministry of education have visited Jewish school #12 in the capital of Tatarstan Kazan. Guests got familiarized with the school's teaching system and remained satisfied with the level of pupils' preparation. The delegation also visited a Kazan synagogue where they met with a city Jewish community. According to guests, the Kazan community is well aware of the situation in Israel and they "are pleased a link between people does not break off even when borders separate them".
Russia. Novosibirsk has hosted a "Forum of businessmen in support of hesseds - Elul". This is the first meeting of the kind of Jewish businessmen of Siberia and Far East.
The event has attracted businessmen from biggest cities of the Urals, Siberia and Far East: Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Orenburg, Birobijan and Novosibirsk.