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Ashkenazi Synagogue in Tbilisi

12 Grigol Khandzteli St, T'bilis

The Ashkenazi Synagogue, also known as Beit Rachel, was constructed by brick by the Jews of Tskhinvali in the 1910s. At first it was built for the Jews, who came from Iran and Kurdistan, but during soviet period most of them emigrated and this synagogue moved into the hands of Ashkanazi Jews. This is an active synagogue and it is located in the old Tbilisi, which is a historical district. The Ashkenazi Synagogue had been on the verge of collapse for a long time. Its first restructuring took place in the 1970s. The building was very damaged in 2001 due to an earthquake and needed capital restructuring. Jews living in Tbilisi and Moscow donated money to restore the synagogue, and it was renovated in 2007. In 2009 the re-opening of the newly redesigned Beit Rachel was celebrated. At first the synagogue was just one floor, but after the reconstructure the land was dug and a prayer room was placed on the floor under. Today the condition of the building is fair.


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