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Moscow Opens Jewish Museum, Promotes Tolerance

Posted: Nov. 9th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Head Rabbi of Russia, Berel Lazar
Vladimir Astapkovich

With numerous Museums opening across the city it comes as no surprise that Moscow has opened yet another, but this one celebrates a very different aspect of Russian history and culture: Judaism and tolerance. Featuring a research center, conference halls, and numerous exhibitions, the museum captures and explores the Jewish elements of Russian history.

The latest addition to the myriad of museums in Moscow has just opened. Among the first visitors to the new Jewish Museum and the Center of Tolerance were Israeli President Shimon Peres and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The museum occupies over 8,500 square meters on the Moscow Bakhmetyevsky Garage which was formerly an art gallery run by socialite Dasha Zhukova.

The Jewish Museum and the Center of Tolerance features permanent and temporary exhibitions, conference halls, a library, a research center, a children's center, a museum shop, and a kosher cafe. It boasts twelve pavilions with a 4D cinema located at its entrance.


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