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Brodsky Synagogue, Kiev

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The Brodsky Choral Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Kiev, Ukraine. It was built in the Romanesque Revival style resembling a classical basilica. The original tripartite facade with a large central avant-corps flanked by lower wings also echoed the characteristic design of some Moorish Revival synagogues, such as the Leopoldstädter Tempel in Vienna.HistoryThe synagogue was built between 1897 and 1898. It was designed by Georgiy Shleifer. A sugar magnate and philanthropist Lazar Brodsky financed its construction.For many decades the local and imperial authorities forbade the construction of a monumental place of Jewish worship in Kiev, as they feared that this would facilitate the growth of the Jewish community in Kiev, which, being a big trading and industrial city, would then become an important Jewish religious center. This was considered "undesirable" due to the symbolic importance of Kiev, as the cradle of Russian Orthodoxy. It was only allowed to convert existing buildings into Jewish worship houses.In 1895, permission was given to build a synagogue in the Podil district, a poor quarter of Kiev. The location was however too far from the city center where the wealthy Jews lived such that they could not walk there on Sabbath. They wished a big choral synagogue in the city center, similar to those in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Odessa.
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  • Brodsky Synagogue is small but beautiful one. Even if it small it is still the biggest synagogue in Kiev.  more »
  • Brodsky synagogue is the largest synagogue in Kiev. Went on a Saturday morning - online it said closed but it was open and Saturday morning services were going on. They invited me and my friend in, ga...  more »
  • Right in the center of Kiev, easy walk from Kreschyatik central prospect, it's very convenient for a kosher traveller. You can even leave you luggage here if you're on a day trip and/ or have a connec...  more »
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  • It's a must place yo visit. In the back of the building there is a kosher restaurant Mendy's The food is really good and very tasty. I went to the Brodetzky synagogue there were so many local jew seems like few hundreds. The place runs by Habad. I can only say kol hakavod
  • Old and historical building.
  • Old historical building build buy Brodsky
  • In the middle of the synagogue stands frame detector metal, it's not surprising because at the entrance immediately is the valuable exhibits, the scrolls of the Torah dating from ~ 2-5 for centuries, is the entrance to the synagogue and the choruses. Even in the synagogue is a surveillance camera, when I visited was empty, only one Jew had read the prayer.
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