Estonias capital finally to get a synagogue and a JCC

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MOSCOW — It's the only European capital without a synagogue.

That's how the head of Estonia's Jewish community, David Slomka, describes the country's capital of Talinn.

But that will soon change with the construction of a synagogue and Jewish community center in the city's historic center.

The four-story building received the go-ahead after the Estonian Cabinet designated a 1,200-square-yard plot in the city's historic center.

Slomka said the project will allow the community to provide care for the elderly and religious training for young people.

In the past few years, the community held services in rented space.

The Jewish community in Estonia numbers about 2,000, most of whom live in Talinn.