German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is currently in Israel on a state visit, stopped by the Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine on Saturday, paying a Shabbat visit to the city’s synagogue and Jewish center.
The senior German official met with hundreds of parishioners following morning services at the city’s Menorah Center, which is widely considered the world’s largest Jewish community complex, as well as city rabbi Shmuel Kamenetzki and senior community leaders.While the Jewish community there said that they could not discuss precisely what occurred in the off the record conversation, they did say that since he visited their community immediately prior to flying to the Jewish state, it “can be said that the Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk has become a symbolic bridge that united the two countries.”
Dnepropetrovsk has become a major refugee center, taking in those fleeing the fighting in south eastern Ukraine.
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