To the surprise of many, Russia has just opened a large, new Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. Located in Moscow, the museum focuses on the long history of Jews in Russia, both the good and the bad. This $50 million, state-of-the-art facility allows visitors to virtually dress up as a rabbi, sit in an Odessa cafe, or listen to the sounds of a shtetl -- among other exhibits.
But many question why this museum, perhaps the largest Jewish museum in the world, has been built. Is it to draw Jews back to Russia? The Moscow Times has more information about the history of the museum.