Kosher restaurant “Le’chaim” in the Grand Choral
Synagogue of Saint-Petersburg
The 220 square metre restaurant “Le’chaim” offers two dining areas (50 seats and 150 seats). Its exquisite European interior design includes low vaulted ceilings, unobtrusive wall pattern, heavy curtains, table-cloth and napkins imitating unbleached linen.
“Le’chaim” is a Kosher leMehadrin restaurant, where the food preparation process meets all the standards prescribed by Jewish religious law. All Kashrut issues are under the personal supervision of R. Menachem-Mendel Pewzner, Chief Rabbi of Saint-Petersburg. On offer is traditional Jewish, or, to be more precise, Ashkenazik cuisine. At the same time, as the restaurant’s head-cook, Vlad Nadezhdin, has years of experience working in Israel, the restaurant menu also includes a number of Israeli dishes.
“Le’chaim” is open to all comers, irrespectively of their nationality or religion.
“Le’chaim” was officially inaugurated on 19th May 2005. The idea of starting a Kosher restaurant in the Synagogue was suggested by the Community Board and the Jewish Businessman’s Club and was actively supported by M.M. Pewzner, the Chief Rabby of Saint-Petersburg, and M.D. Grubarg, the Community Chairman. All the necessary funds were donated by Jewish Businessman’s Club members. One of the chief sponsors was Evgeny Kargapolov, a Saint-Petersburg enterpreneur. The project was managed by a well-known victualer Alexander Shmidt.
“Le’chaim” is a non-profit-making restaurant. All the profit gained is put to charitable use, such as supporting Saint-Petersburg Jewish schools, kindergartens, holiday camps, and helping the needy.
Being the only Kosher restaurant in Saint-Petersburg, “Le’chaim” is a real godsent for city’s Jews and Jewish visitors from abroad. It is indispensable for those wishing to celebrate their birthday, bar-mitzvah or wedding in a traditional Jewish way.