“Once we get kosher food, it will be Jewish heaven,” said Rabbi Eli Riss, the Chabad-affiliated rabbi who helms the Birobidzhan community.
The chief rabbi of Omsk in southern Siberia, Asher Krichevsky, was ordered deported by Russian officials, according to Russian media reports.
Hundreds are expected to attend the opening in Novosibirsk of what is said to be the largest Jewish community center in Siberia, Russia.
Chabad activists have taken three synagogues on wheels on a journey into Siberia and central Russia.
Chelyabinsk is known to the world as the place where a meteor struck. The Russian town also harbored Jews fleeing the Holocaust, including Rachel Rosmarin’s grandparents.
Prosecutors in Siberia reportedly have indicted a Russian citizen of inciting to violence against Jews and quoting texts by Adolf Hitler.