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Edward Chaprak Wikipedia
Edward M. Chaprak (born July 5, 1945 in Nizhny Novgorod, called "Gorky" during the Soviet period) is a leader of the Jewish community in his home town. He is the chairman of the Nizhny Novgorod Synagogue. He is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist.
He was born into a family of disabled veterans of World War II, graduating from the Leningrad Institute of Physical Culture(in Russian). He entered the catering business in 1973 and has been the CEO of the "Kulinar" company since 1992. The company produces up to 400 kinds of confectionery products as well as 12 kinds of alcohol-free drinks.
He is actively involved in charity work: participating in nutrition programs for children, the homeless and other vulnerable populations.
He never lost connection with the Jewish community and adhered to its traditions even in the darkest years of economic and social stagnation in the 1970s - 1980s. He regularly provided minyan for prayers in private apartments and defended the return of Torah scrolls which the KGB had seized as "evidence" in the investigation of criminal cases.
Since the revival of religious life, he has become actively involved in the restoration and repair of the older synagogues and other projects. He was selected as the chairman of the Jewish religious community in 1998. With his support a fundamental reconstruction of the central synagogue was begun in 2005 and a new community center is now under construction and expected to be complete by 2009.