The Synagogue – Синагога

I visited the synagogue today. While the first 13 years of my life were filled with visits to Temple Beth Am, a reform synagogue in Framingham, Mass., I have never visited an Orthodox synagogue. I was hoping to recognize some of the prayers I knew in my youth but I couldn’t quite follow along. Although I have no idea if my Russian ancestors practiced Orthodoxy, it was fascinating to see and hear what it may have been like for them.

Summer is a sleepy time in Kazan and there was only a small gathering at the synagogue this morning. I am very much looking forward to returning in late September and seeing Kazan in a more active state. I have laid important groundwork this summer and I find myself even more dedicated to and passionate about this project.


  1. David Sampliner says

    Alison these images are incredible. Just finally sat down to pore over em on Matt Hoxie Rd of all places! I am so proud of you for sticking it out, for weathering the bad luck and the stifling heat, and getting into your groove. And the pictures say it all — you’re in a groove! Good luck getting that visa, can’t wait for more n more. Love, Cuzn D

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