MOSCOW (Sep. 16)
A new synagogue has been dedicated in the Lithuanian city of Klaipeda.
The synagogue includes a small soup kitchen to offer meals to needy Jews twice a week, and a Torah scroll the community received from a British synagogue.
The Lithuanian seaport, formerly known as Memel, had a Jewish community before the war of 10,000 that was totally destroyed during the Holocaust.
The town is now home to about 300 Jews who have long awaited the opening of a synagogue, according to the community leader Boris Smoliaras.
Most of Klaipeda’s current Jewish residents came to the town after the war from other parts of the Soviet Union.