Chabad mourned the loss of the prime minister of the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Zurab Zhvania, who had Jewish roots, died Thursday in Tbilisi, apparently from gas leaked from a faulty heater. One of Georgia’s leading rabbis, Avraham Mikhailashvili, met with Zhvania’s mother, who is Jewish, to express his condolences.
Zhvania was known as a supporter of religious freedom and recently helped the Georgian Jewish community celebrate its 100th anniversary.
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