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Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt is the spiritual leader of the Moscow Choral Synagogue, the head of the rabbinical court of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), president of the Conference of European Rabbis and is an officer of the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC). Goldschmidt represents the Russian Jewish community politically as well.
Pinchas Goldschmidt is the Swiss-born chief rabbi of Moscow. He is the spiritual leader of the central synagogue of Moscow, and heads the rabbinical court of the CIS. In 1990 he created the guidelines in conjunction with the Israeli Ministry of Interior to reconfirm Jews who have hidden their Jewish identity during Soviet times.
Goldschmidt played a major role in founding and developing communal structures from colleges, day schools and kindergartens, soup kitchens and rabbinical schools, to political umbrella structures, such as the Russian Jewish Congress and the Congress of the Jewish Religious Organizations and Associations in Russia (CJROAR).
Goldschmidt represents the Russian Jewish community politically. He published op-eds in the international press pertaining to the issues of the day. He also addressed during the course of the years, the US Senate, the EU Parliament, The Council of Europe, The Israeli Knesset, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s – “Neeman Commission”, Oxford University, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Berlin Conference on anti-Semitism, and Harvard University, discussing the state of the Jewish Community, and the threats of anti-Semitism.
In January 2005, five hundred people, including newspaper editors, public intellectuals and 19 Duma deputies published an appeal to the Prosecutor General of Russia. The petitioners called for the closure of Jewish organized life in Russia. A subsequent television call-in show, during which 100,000 people phoned in, revealed that 54% of the participants supported the idea of banning all Jewish organizations in Russia. Goldschmidt wrote a detailed response to all the accusations and addressed the letter to Dmitriy Rogozin, leader of the nationalist Rodina (Motherland) party, who, after receiving Goldschmidt’s letter, apologized and distanced himself from the petition.
Goldschmidt was deported from Russia during September 2005, and was allowed to return to his community after three month, only after an international campaign. In 2010 by special order of Russia's president Dmitry Medvedev he was accepted into a citizenship of Russia. He takes an active part in interfaith dialogue gatherings with Christians and Muslims in New York, Paris, Astana, Seville, Vienna and Moscow.
Goldschmidt besides his rabbinical ordination possesses an M.A. from Ner Israel Rabbinical College, as well as a M.S. from Johns Hopkins University. He also studied at Ponevezh Yeshiva, (1979–1981), Telshe Yeshiva, Chicago, Il (1981–1982), Shevet Umechokek Institute for Rabbinical Judges headed by Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, (1985–1986) and Harry Fischel Institute for Rabbinical Judges, Jerusalem, Israel (1986–1987). He authored articles on issues of Jewish law regarding post-Soviet Jewry and has published a collection of responsas with a compilation of Russian Jewish names "Zikaron Basefer", (Moscow 1996).
Rabbi Goldschmidt has been awarded Certification as candidate for the Position of Chief Rabbi in Israel or in one of the cities in Israel by the Council of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel in the year 2002. Rabbi Goldschmidt is married and has seven children.
Since July 2011, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Chief Rabbi and Av Beit Din of Moscow, is the new president of the Conference of European Rabbis. Rabbi Goldschmidt was elected by the CER’s Standing Committee meeting in London and succeeds the former chief rabbi of France (1987–2009), Joseph Hayim Sitruk, who had held the post since 1999. Only the fourth president of the CER in its 54-year history, Rabbi Goldschmidt is the first to hold the post from outside Western Europe.
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Rabbinical Halacha work (Hebrew)
Sridim 23 "Psak-Din bItim shota" Bi-polar manic depressive status according to Halacha. Publication of the Conference of European Rabbis, 2006
 Sridim 22 "Amatla bechezkat kehunah" Determination of priestly status in a post Soviet context. Publication of the Conference of European Rabbis, 2005
Sridim 21 " Av Veem shel Ben Noach" the obligation of a convert to honor his/her parent. Publication of the Conference of European Rabbis, 2003
Sridim 20 "Srara Verabbanut L'or Halacha" Interference of state power in rasbbinic appointments. Publication of the Conference of the European Rabbis, 2002
"Zikaron Basefer" Responsa, collection of 60 responsas regarding Jewish life in post communist Russia, Moscow. Published in Jerusalem, Israel, 1995
"Halachic Essay on Aliya to Israel on Shabbath" Hama'ayan Publishers Jerusalem, Israel 1994
"Guide to the Jewish Burial Societies of the CIS in Russian" Moscow, Russia 1994
"Shemot Gittin" Compilation and analysis of Russian names used by Jews in the Soviet Union for use in the "Bill of Divorce" (Get)- Critical analysis of earlier publications on this subject Moriah Jerusalem, Israel, 1994
Halachic Essay on the permissibility of the use of the Subway System in Moscow during the Sabbath and the holidays Beth Israel V'Aharon Jerusalem, Israel, 1994
Analysis of divorce of intermarried couples in Halacha "Kol Hatora" London, United Kingdom 1992
Responsa reg : Assistance to Soviet Jews when conflicting with personal obligations "Zohar Barkai" Publication of "Barkai" – Institutions Nazareth Illith, Israel,1988
Conceptual Analysis of the terms "Yeled" and "Naar" in the Scriptures "Zohar Barkai" Publication of "Barkai" – Institutions Nazareth Illith, Israel, 1988
Demography of the Jewish people in relation to the commandments of the Tora "Nitsanei Arets" Publication of the Universal Yeshiva of Rabbi A.I.Kook Jerusalem, Israel, 1986
"Legal contracts of marriage " "Or Haner", Ner Israel Rabbinnical College Baltimore, MD, 1985
On Jewish Affairs
"Jews and Catholics must work together" a shorter version of a paper presented at the meeting of Cardinals and Rabbis in New York February 2005 and printed in the WJC publication on inter religious dialogue, International Herald Tribune Op-ed, 1 September 2005
"Jews do not destroy synagogues". Op-ed regarding the idea of the pre emptive destruction of Gaza's synagogues by the IDF (The Israeli government afterwards canceled the plan), Haaretz, 12 September 2005
"Rabbinical Morality in immoral circumstances". On morality of Israel's policies during the Intifadah, Jerusalem Post. Op-ed, 9 September 2002
"Antisemitism in Russia" – paper presented to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Helsinki commission) while testifying, 1999
Editor in chief "Yevreiskaya Zhizn"-Monthly bulletin of the Union of the Jewish Communities in the NIS, Moscow, 1993
Jewish CIS Information Guide to all Jewish communities and institutions in the Former Soviet Union, Moscow, 1993
Annual Report NIS - 1993
Report on the activities in the Jewish communities of the Former Soviet Union, Moscow, (quoted in the New York Times 6 February 1994), 1993
Series of articles on the Jewish festivals from a Soviet Jewish perspective Published in the "Yevreiskaya Gazetta" Moscow, 1993
Annual Report CIS, 1992
Report on the activities of the Jewish communities in the Commonwealth of Independent States Moscow, 1992
"Reform Or Return". Essay on the historical relationship between Russian Jewry and the Western Reform movement "Yevreiskaya Gazetta" September issue, Moscow, 1991
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