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. 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". 150 secular Jewish leaders from 100 Ukrainian cities and towns later protested the vote as well.
- Ukrainian community split over chief rabbi The Global Jewish News Source, Vladimir Matveyev, October 28, 2005
- Recent election of third chief rabbi in Ukraine splits Jewish community, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, October 24, 2005
- Chabad dispute escalates, Baltimore Jewish Times, October 21, 2005
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