The Shul That Rose From the Ashes

The Shul That Rose From the Ashes
(AP Photo/Heidi Levine)
About 12 miles southeast of Moscow lies Malakhovka, a suburb surrounded by pine groves. This sleepy town holds some historic importance for Russian Jews, but what's happening there today also says a lot about a long-persecuted community's future. Almost 100 years ago, the villagers of Malakhovka built a synagogue, a one-story wooden structure with 300 seats. Decades later, trespassers would routinely throw stones at the building, deface the altar and desecrate graves in its cemetery.
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