Moshe Reuven Azman

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Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman (born 1966) is the Chabad chief Rabbi of Ukraine, one of three rabbis with a claim on the title, and one of two Chabad rabbis with a claim. He is the Rabbi of the Brodski Synagogue in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

His election as Chief Rabbi by a group formed by some wealthy Jewish businessmen in October 2005, caused considerable controversy in the Ukraine Jewish community. Azman's election was endorsed by a group of secular Jewish leaders attending a Kiev Jewish conference, but not by any rabbinical authorities.[1] A group of rabbis from the non-Chabad Federation of Jewish Communities attacked the appointment describing it as "illegitimate" and "insulting to the feelings of every believer".[1] 150 secular Jewish leaders from 100 Ukrainian cities and towns later protested the vote as well.[1]

Chabad maintains a Chief Rabbi in Ukraine in opposition to non-Chabad Chief Rabbi Yaakov Bleich.[2] [3]


  1. ^ a b c Ukrainian community split over chief rabbi The Global Jewish News Source, Vladimir Matveyev, October 28, 2005
  2. ^ Recent election of third chief rabbi in Ukraine splits Jewish community, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, October 24, 2005
  3. ^ Chabad dispute escalates, Baltimore Jewish Times, October 21, 2005