The Grand Reopening
Did you think you would ever see this in yourÂ lifetime?
Germany’s biggestÂ synagogue, on Rykestrasse in Berlin
has reopened after a lavishÂ restoration.
Rabbi Chaim Roswaski,Â who presided at the ceremony,described the reconstruction as “aÂ miracle.”
The synagogue was setÂ ablaze on Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, inÂ 1938.
Friday’sÂ inauguration saw rabbis bringing the Torah to the synagogue, in a ceremonyÂ witnessed by political leaders and Holocaust survivors from around theÂ world
The synagogue, withÂ a 1,200-person capacity, has been described as one of the jewels of GermanyÂ ‘s Jewish community.
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Restoration of theÂ neo-classical building, which is more than 100 years old, cost more thanÂ â‚¬45m ($60m).
The re-opening comes atÂ the start of a Jewish culture Festival in the capital.
Did you ever think you would see this in yourÂ lifetime?