Russian businessmen to go on pilgrimage across Israeli desert

Russian businessmen of Jewish ethnicity are going on a four-day pilgrimage to Jerusalem across the Arabah desert in southern Israel.

Russian businessmen of Jewish ethnicity are going on a four-day pilgrimage to Jerusalem across the Arabah desert in southern Israel.

The pilgrimage, whose traditions are rooted in the ancient times, is timed to coincide with the Jewish festival Passover (Pesach), the Russian Jewish Congress's spokesman Mikhail Savin said in an interview with Interfax on Monday.

The pilgrimage, the fourth one to have been organized by the Russian Jewish Congress, will involved over 20 participants, including Mikhail Fridman, Boris Mints, Leonid Melamed, Andrei Rappoport and Yury Kanner.

"The pilgrimage will be real with the pilgrims wearing white tunics and sandal shoes which ancient Jews once wore, eating plain food, and traveling on camels across terrain untouched by civilization," the spokesman said.

The group will spend four days covering several dozen kilometers, and enter Jerusalem on the eve of Passover - a festival whose celebration will begin on the evening of April 3 this year. The pilgrims will also bake kosher matzah and join the Passover dinner Seder in Jerusalem's Festival Hall.

The pilgrimage will be capped in Moscow on April 7 by the traditional baking of matzah under the supervision of Moscow's chief rabbi, Pinchas Goldschmidt.

The ceremony will also be attended by other prominent members of the Jewish community - businessmen, performers, public figures and children.

 

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