Belarus. The main questions of Belarus-Israeli relations, as well as issues of inter-parliamentary cooperation, relations between two countries within the frames of UN and other international organizations, were considered in Minsk during the inter-MFA consultations of Belarus and Israel on July 29-30. The parties also expressed their thoughts on some most urgent international matters, discussed the ways to struggle against terrorism, establishment of regional stability and security, situation in the Near East. There were considered, as well, the perspectives of business delegations exchange, participation in joint exhibitions, fulfilling some investment projects, particularly, the foundation of a joint enterprise on manufacturing car filters, modernization of parking systems, constructing a large trade center in Minsk.
Georgia. Tbilisi hosted an international conference "Religion in Caucasus: cooperation for peace". Representatives of different confessions spread over the Caucasus attended the conference.
Jews were represented by the acting Chief Rabbi of Georgia who expressed, on behalf of the Jewish community, the aspiration to live in peace with nations populating the Caucasus.
Uzbekistan. The first kosher restaurant has been opened in Uzbekistan. The restaurant "Versailles" was granted a super-kosher certificate (glat-kosher) under the supervision of Chief Rabbi of Uzbekistan Abe David Gurevich.
Moldova. In the Jewish community of Kishinev flares up a conflict between leaders of student organization "Gilel", on one hand, and the Union of Kishinev Jewish organizations (SEVROK), on the other. According to the director of the Kishinev "Gilel" Igor Furer, SEVROK pays not enough attention to the support of Jewish tradition. He thinks the SEVROK director Rita Kleyman gives no opportunity to the new generation to bring into the community the religion and tradition, hampering the youth participation in managing the community.
Russia. In September 2001 the deputies of city council supported the idea of restorating a Choral Synagogue destroyed by German national-socialists in 1938. But everything ended with the statement. The city Jewish community, with around 2 thousand members, is forced to exist without the synagogue. The place of former main Jewish premises in Kenigsberg is now claimed by the "Baltic-Expo" exhibition center located next to it. Besides, some businessmen desire to establish here a huge parking.
Prior to 1938 there were 10 synagogues in Kenigsberg.
Russia. According to Chief Rabbi of Russia (KEROOR) Adolph Shayevich, nearly 1 million Jews live nowadays in the country. At the press conference devoted to forthcoming population census, A.Shayevich explained he meant the so-called Galakha Jews, that is people who are Jews after mother. "However, the actual number of country's Jewish diaspora is somewhat different form this figure, - admitted he. - A lot depends on what nationality the person considers himself of".
"We know many cases when citizens being, let's say, Russians by passport, used to come to Rabbies' court to solve some vital matters", said A.Shayevich.
During recent years Jews' migration abroad didn't affect the life of Russian society, added Rabbi, explaining this by the fact the overwhelming majority of Jews residing in Russia would like to remain here. "I am a witness to state anti-Semitism and can ascertain it is not here at present. Although daily anti-Semitism does exist, the overwhelming majority of Russian residents are normal people", said Rabbi.
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