Estonian Jews to inaugurate new Tallinn synagogue

Following a six-decade wait, Estonia's 3,000-strong Jewish community will inaugurate its new and only synagogue Wednesday in Tallinn in the presence of top Israeli dignitaries. Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres is scheduled to attend the ceremonies along with Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, who made a personal donation to the project. Estonian Chief Rabbi Shmuel Kot expressed hope that the new synagogue would strengthen the local Jewish identity. "For a long time, it was not possible to practice Jewish life in Estonia," he said. "There was no rabbi, no kosher food ... no possibility to learn about Judaism."