PLANS FOR FANS

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

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.

SEMYON DOVZHIK

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