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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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  • The cold war era ended 20 years ago only to see the synagogue visit on the trip Advisor. Nearly all of Europe's Jews, unlike here in this church will receive the price of admission is a separate admission fee. Small in size but did not expect a meeting where disagreement was great anyway
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  • When we learn that it is in the city of főzsinagógája, are bound to be other városokéval hasonlítgatni start. Such a comparison to the Brodsky is insignificant, the location is in a richer Jews might not please note. Because it is considered to be the peak, so important, and the building itself is fine, but there are many more exciting synagogue I've seen. Overall, a well-kept, clean, spirited child of the Lubavicsi on the walls depicting paintings, but none of the town's churches had handled only by it. The roots are not from here, you can skip the calm heart.
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  • Brodsky Synagogue is small but beautiful one. Even if it small it is still the biggest synagogue in Kiev. 
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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 historical building build buy Brodsky
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  • 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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  • A beautiful synagogue, next to âtka with tasty pieces of Israeli cuisine. Hummus, Falafel, etc.
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