Chief Rabbi of Russia

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Chief Rabbi of Russia
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Incumbent
Berel Lazar

since 1999
Residence Jewish Community Center in Moscow
Appointer FJCR Executive board
Inaugural holder Adolf Shayevich
Formation 1993
Website Official website(English)

The Chief Rabbi of Russia (Hebrew: הרב הראשי לרוסיה) is the leader of the Jewish communities in Russia since 1990. Currently there are two Chief Rabbis of Russia: Rabbi Berel Lazar of Chabad and Adolf Shayevich from the Congress of the Jewish Religious Organizations and Associations in Russia (KEROOR). The largest network of Jewish organizations is the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia.

Shayevich was appointed in 1989. In 2000, Rabbi Lazar was appointed chief rabbi of Russia by the election of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, and since then he has been working in this role. However, not all Jewish communities in Russia recognize him as chief rabbi, ith KEROOR, and other organizations continue to see Rabbi Shayevich as chief rabbi of Russia in his position as chief rabbi of the Congress of Jewish Religious Organizations and Associations in Russia.

The Chief Rabbi of the Russian Armed Forces[edit]

Rabbi Aharon Gurevich (Colonel) was the first chief rabbi of the Russian Army from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Rabbi Gurevich was appointed in December 2007, by Rabbi Berel Lazar. he is considered as the Chief rabbi of the FSIN (Federal Prisons Service) and the Russian armed forces.

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