Kutaisi, Boris Gaponov Street #12
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The history of Jewish people living in Georgia counts not only centuries but millenniums. Although, the first official notes about their settling dates the year 1644. The Jewish quarter is located in the central part of the city. In that territory, nowadays three synagogues are presented. The biggest of them is the second largest synagogue in Georgia, and it was built in 1886. Another one, which was built in 1912, is enclosed with other buildings where Hebrew was taught and different Jewish rituals were held. For example, a bakery where Matza was prepared. Jews of Kutaisi were having a significant role in the development of the city. In the 60s of the 20th century during the repatriation of Jewish people from the Soviet Union to Israel, the main part of the Jewish community had left Kutaisi. Boris Gaponov was a Jewish lexicographer, who had translated “The Knight in Panther’s Skin” from Georgian into Hebrew. In 2014 his statue was placed at the entrance of the main synagogue.

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