First Kosher Supermarket In Moscow


July 12, 2002

In a dramatic development for Moscow's Jewish community, a modern kosher supermarket opened near the Marina Roscha Synagogue and the Lubavitch Jewish Community Center.

The enormous complex is stocked with everything from soup to nuts. First time shoppers navigating through the aisles are wowed by the impressive selection of kosher food products imported from Israel. Kosher meats, poultry and a handsome selection of kosher wines; a pastry section featuring freshly baked breads and Challahs from the Marina Roscha kitchen; and a produce department featuring fresh fruits and vegetables and—the most popular in American-style supermarkets—ready made salads.

While shoppers are at it, they can also browse the Judaica section for the latest Jewish tapes and books, or for that mezuzah they still need for their front door.

"Our goal," said Mr. Mordechai Weissberg, director of the Marina Roscha Jewish Community Center, "is to expand the kosher market to encourage as many Jews as possible to keep kosher in Russia."

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