PLANS FOR FANS
COMMUNITY organisations across Russia are laying on food, facilities and even a smartphone app as they prepare to welcome Jewish football fans in the country this week.
Rabbis have fielded fans’ requests to visit synagogues throughout Russia and in Moscow, the Reform community has arranged Englishspeaking colleagues to help them host fans. The city’s Chabad yeshivah has deployed students with different language skills to host cities including St Petersburg, Kazan, Samara and Sochi.
Chabad also said it had arranged a prayer room and Shabbat meals for 1,000 visitors to be available throughout the competition.
In Rostov, which could host England’s second round match, the Jewish community said it had received bids to join Shabbat meals and participate in Torah lessons.
The grave of the fifth Lubavitch rebbe, Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber Schneerson, is located in the city.
Rabbi Chaim Danzinger promised all visitors to his Rostov synagogue would be welcomed into a warm atmosphere “and will always remember its unique Jewish melodies, known as ‘Rostover Nigun’.” More than 10,000 Jewish supporters are expected in the country throughout the tournament, the International Sports Travel Agencies Association claimed.