This Day in Jewish History / First Soviet yeshiva in 20 years opens in Moscow
But only two rabbis were ordained during the five years the yeshiva functioned.
January 6, 1957, is the day that Yeshiva Kol Ya’akov opened in Moscow. The last still-functioning yeshiva had closed during the 1930s, and even the Communist authorities recognized that a need existed to have some trained rabbis in the country. During a brief thaw in the official repression of religion, an easing of the atmosphere that followed the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953, it was thought that the opening...
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