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The ROGATCHI FOUNDATION PARTICIPATE IN THE CELEBRATION OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NEW TALLINN SYNAGOGUE IN ESTONIA

Posted 30/5/2017

 Inna and Michael Rogatchi participated in the world-class celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tallinn New Synagogue in Estonia.

On May 25th, 2017, the Estonian Jewish community and the Estonian Religious Centre and Community celebrated the 10th anniversary of the beautiful and modern Tallinn New Synagogue in a world-class celebration. The Rogatchi Foundation had participated in the important jubilee of our close friends and colleagues.  

The highest leadership of Estonia has attended the celebration, including the country's President Madame Kersti Kaljulaid, the speaker of the Estonian parliament Mr Eiki Nestok, the deputy minister of culture Mrs Anne-Ly Reimaa, the internationally well-known Estonian politicians, current MEPs Andrus Ansip, former prime-minister of the country, and Urmas Paet, former foreign minister of Estonia. 

Israel was presented by the Ashkenasi Chief Rabbi David Lau, Minister for Social Equality and Digitalisation Gila Gamliel, and the Ambassador of Israel to Finland and Estonia Dov Segev-Steinberg. Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the head of the European Rabbinical Council attended the celebration, along with several leading Rabbis from Europe. 

The two parts of the celebration, special gathering at the Tallinn New Synagogue and the banquet were linked together by a great concert with fantastic performance of the world-famous cantor Simon Cohen and his a'capella ensemble and wonderful Estonian musicians, young chamber quartet.

In the centre: Chief Rabbi of Estonia Shmuel Kot next to the world-renowned cantor Simon Cohen. (C) The Rogatchi Foundation.In the centre: Chief Rabbi of Estonia Shmuel Kot next to the world-renowned cantor Simon Cohen. (C) The Rogatchi Foundation.

Among more than 300 guests, there were also several Ambassadors, well-known public figures, writers, cultural activists, businessmen.

On behalf of The Rogatchi Foundation, Inna and Michael Rogatchi handed to the Estonian Religious Jewish Community and Centre and its chairman Mr Boris Oks special gift and diploma in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the New Tallinn Synagogue - the original art work by Michael Rogatchi The Light of Eretz Israel. The work is a prototype of the large textile art work planned for the Begin Centre in Jerusalem. This is the first Michael Rogatchi's original art work in possession of the Estonian Religious Jewish Community and Centre.

From the left: Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau, Inna Rogatchi, Michael Rogatchi, deputy minister of culture of Estonia Anne-Ly Reimaa. (C) The Rogatchi Foundation.From the left: Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau, Inna Rogatchi, Michael Rogatchi, deputy minister of culture of Estonia Anne-Ly Reimaa. (C) The Rogatchi Foundation.

The Rogatchi Foundation also handed a celebrative gifts and diploma to the Jewish school, the centre of the Estonian Jewish community's work and education of the children of Tallinn; the school is regarded as the best in the Estonian capital and is very popular there. Inna and Michael Rogatchi handed rather special gifts which were aimed to symbolise the keeping of the Jewish tradition in its international meaning and context: special hand-made chess crafted by the Jewish craftsmen of Toledo, Spain following the Jewish tradition of the ancient Spain; and unique book, the first and only translation of the Babylonian Talmud into Italian, the first volume of the ongoing project supervised by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.

 

In their joint speech, Inna and Michael Rogatchi congratulated our friends in Tallinn with their wonderful jubilee and wished them all a lot of happiness, motivation, and thriving of the Jewish life in Estonia in all generations, being privileged to have such wonderful New Synagogue and very special, cordial and understanding Rabbi, the Chief Rabbi of Estonia Shmuel Kot.   

 

More details about the celebration - at the Events section. 

 

 

     

 

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