|Dmitriy Salita - His Story to be Part of the Jewish Museum of Tolerance|
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (Nov 7, 2012)
BROOKLYN, NY (November 7, 2012) - Israel's President Shimon Peres will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday to open the Russian Jewish Tolerance Museum, the world's
largest Jewish museum.
The Russian Jewish Museum of Tolerance is designed to bring together
different cultural traditions through the prism of Jewish culture, to develop
ideas of tolerance and harmony.
Dmitriy and his family immigrated to Brooklyn, NY from Odessa, in the
former Soviet Union (USSR) during a historic period called
"Perestroika". After relocating
to Brooklyn, Dmitriy found Starret City boxing club and shortly
thereafter a Chabad House Synagogue.
While competing at the US Nationals at the age of 18, Dmitriy chose
not to compete on Shabbos in accordance with Jewish law. Facing
disqualification, Dmitriy stayed true to his convictions and eventually
went on to win the championship becoming US Under 19 Champion. Shortly
there after he turned pro becoming the first Orthodox Jewish boxer in
the history of the sport.
Dmitriy's story of winning the US Championship will be a permanent
feature in the "PERESTROIKA" section of Moscow's Jewish Museum of Tolerance.
"Sport is an international language of tolerance and understanding. It
used to bridge gaps, represent an idea and social justice. I am grateful
and honored that my story is part of the museum and this timeless
project," said Salita.
The center also includes state-of-the art technology that teaches the
story of creation, the giving of the ten commandments on Mount Sinai,
the holy temples, life in the Diaspora and Jewish suffering throughout
It will be the biggest Jewish museum in the world, with an area of
17,000 square meters or approximately 170,000 square feet, while the
area of exposition dedicated to history of the Jewish people is 4,500
square meters or approximately 45,000 square feet.
It will house several museum expositions, a library, a scientific
center, conference halls and exhibition galleries.
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