Historic Ukrainian synagogue rededicated
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Historic Ukrainian synagogue rededicated

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — A historic synagogue was rededicated in Ukraine decades after it was closed by the Communist Party.

Area rabbis dedicated the Khmelnitsky Synagogue last week in the western Ukraine town of Khmelnitsky in a ceremony attended by local Jews and politicians.

The building includes a prayer hall, as well as a photo exhibition of Jewish monuments and memorials.

The synagogue was founded in 1890 and was returned by the government to the Jewish charity Chesed Besht in 2006. Local sponsors funded the reconstruction, which was initiated by Chesed Besht director Igor Ratushny.