22 Heshvan 5780 20/11/2019
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NEW MIKVA FOR KARAGANDA KAZAKHSTAN

The Jewish community of Karaganda Kazakhstan gathered at the city’s Chabad House to celebrate the opening of a newly constructed state-of-the-art Mikva (a Jewish ritual bath which is the foundation of Jewish family life).

Rabbi Asher Tumarkin, the Rabbi of Karaganda and his wife Rachel devoted themselves tirelessly to bring this project to success.
 
The event was attended by distinguished guests from around the world. Philanthropist Mr. Emmanuel Grinshpun dedicated the Mikva in honor of his beloved father Israel. The Keren Hamikvaos foundation graciously assisted financially as well as providedHalachic and technical guidance. Architect Rabbi Shmuel Levin of Israel – a specialist in building Mikvaosensured the beauty and decoration of the Mikva.
 
Donations were made by many members of the Jewish community of Kazakhstan and around the world.
 
During the communist regime, many Jews were exiled to Karaganda and died of starvation and frost. Amongst them was Mrs. Feiga Raskin and her daughter Tzivia. Her descendant, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Matosov of France joined the celebration.
 
Chief Rabbi of Kazakhstan, Rabbi Yeshaye Cohen addressed the participants. “Today is the holiday of the second Passover which teaches us that it is never too late and nothing is lost”. Rabbi Cohen recounted the dark days of communism. “Tens of thousands of Jews were deported to Kazakhstan and left Karaganda because there was no Mikva. Today we proudly celebrate Karaganda’s new Mikva!” said Rabbi Cohen.
 
Rabbi Elchanan Cohen, Rabbi of AlmatyKazakstan read a letter of the Rebbe in which the Rebbe speaks about the opening of a Mikvawith blessings for success and financial participation. The original date of the letter coincided with the date of the opening of the new Mikva.
 
Rabbi Shmuel Karnoach Chabad of Nur Sultan, thanked the supporters and told the story of the events which led to establishing a Chabad House In Karaganda and the construction of the new Mikva.
 
Israeli Ambassador Mrs. Liat Vakselman traveled from the city of Nur-Sultan to join in the ceremony and congratulated the community on the achievement of opening a new beautiful Mikva.
 
Distinguished guests and rabbis participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony, whichwas followed by an elegant reception and bar.
 
The Karaganda Chabad House was established by Philanthropist Alexander Machkevitch to honor the memory of his parents. Mr. Machkevitch is a proud partner of Chabad LubavitchKazakshstan activities helping Kazakstan Jewry all year round.
16 Iyar 5779 (21/05/2019)
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The president of Kazakhstan presents the head shliach with a document signed by the government (in 2000) denouncing the persecution of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok.
The president of Kazakhstan presents the head shliach with a document signed by the government (in 2000) denouncing the persecution of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok.
31/7/2007
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A Gallery  of Notable Visitors to the Chabad Center in Almaty and the Tomb of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok
A Gallery of Notable Visitors to the Chabad Center in Almaty and the Tomb of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok
20/2/2007