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Rabanit Zina Kutnovsky-Liak

 

Zina Kutnovsky-Liak was born and raised in Moscow, Russia in a non-religious family and environment. The study of Torah transpired after graduating from the Moscow State University M.V. Lomonosov (Faculty of Journalism), working in the profession at that time for about ten years and building a successful career. At the age of 25, she began to observe Jewish traditions and commandments, and for almost ten years she continues to follow the path of studying the Torah.

 

According to her, this path is filled with an understanding of one’s personal life circumstances, and is also full of answers to deep and everyday questions that may arise in the mind of any modern day person in the 21st century.

 

Since Zina came to the realization of life within the traditions of Judaism, after initially being completely secular, she gained a personal first-hand experience and understanding where to begin the study of Torah and how to continue with it, wishing to increase the observance of traditions in her life. She advises and provides support to the women of the Jewish community of Jūrmala “Jewrmala” in matters of structured study of Alahot, as well as in any matters relating to Shalom Byte – intra-family relations.

Additionally, having a vast experience in conducting and organizing memorable events, she will be more than happy to help you organize the celebration of your special occasion, whether it be a wedding (chuppah), a bar or a bat mitzvah, a brit milah, a halake (upsherin), etc.

The Rabanit will be more than happy to answer any of your questions in Russian or English, you can contact her by any means most convenient for you below.

 

Telephone / WhatsApp: +371 2 0377540

Skype: zinaida.shevchuk

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E-mail: zina.kutnovsky@gmail.com

 

 

 

Rabbi Shimon Kutnosky-Liak

 

Shimon Kutnovsky-Liac, Rabbi of the “Beit Israel” Synagogue

Chairman of the Jewish community of Jūrmala – “Jewrmala”

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Telephone / WhatsApp: +371 2 6886502

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shimonk72

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/shimonk72/

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Rabbi Shimon was born and raised in Israel. The Shimon (paternal) family on the father’s side were Riga residents for several generations. The family was repressed in 1941, returned to Riga from Siberian exile after the end of World War II, and then repatriated to Israel in the 70s.

 

And in 2018, Shimon moved to Latvia to serve the local community in the “Beit Israel” Synagogue which opened its doors on August 29 in Jūrmala.

 

In 2019, he became the chairman of the Jewish community of Jūrmala, giving it the name “Jewrmala” and opening the doors to everyone who wants to visit the resort city of Jūrmala., offering different opportunities for Jews traveling to Latvia in search for kosher tourism or the possibilities of organizing family celebrations as part of the Jewish tradition, whether it’s a wedding (chuppah), a bar or a bat mitzvah, a brit milah, a halake (upsherin), etc.

 

Shimon grew up in a religious Zionist environment in Israel. After serving in the Israeli army, he began his work as a Shaliah (messenger) in local communities in America, and lived there for three years, after which he moved to Russia and worked with the Jewish community in Moscow, and also taught lessons about the religion, faith and wisdom of Kabbalah. Shimon is convinced that “our Torah is universal. Firstly, we must understand it ourselves in order to share the knowledge with all nations.” His approach to teaching: deep lessons – in a common language. His lectures are a synthesis of Judaism understanding with simple wisdom.

 

To arrange individual lessons and studies with Rabbi Shimon, as well as to ask any question for the rabbi, please contact him directly by any means most convenient for you.

Rabbi Shimon is fluent in Hebrew, Russian and English.

 

Telephone / WhatsApp +371 2 6886502

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shimonk72

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