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Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1966. A lifelong Refusenik, at age 16 he was labeled "An Enemy of Soviet Power" by Pravda newspaper. Since being sent to Ukraine in 1995 as a community rabbi, he and his wife worked to revitalize the Kyiv community, building programs, soup kitchens, schooling, and religious services.


Today, Rabbi Azman's family has spearheaded initiatives evacuating 40,000 Ukrainians and helping many more. Their next steps are to again rebuild the center of Jewish life in Ukraine for the second time, giving ongoing hope and support during and after this war.


Our Mission

The Office of the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, led by Rabbi Moshe Azman, is dedicated towards the enduring vision of providing safety, Torah, community, and humanitarian aid to all those in need while promoting the G-d-given values of life, freedom, love, and compassion.

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About Chief Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman

Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman is the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine.

Born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1966 under the brutal Communist regime, at just age 16, he was labeled "An Enemy of Soviet Power" by Pravda newspaper. He relocated to Israel in 1987 before being sent to Ukraine in 1995. In Ukraine, he his wife worked to build a community for the Jews of Kyiv and the surrounding areas. They brought back spirituality, Jewish values, community infrastructure, and Jewish schools to people who lacked the most basic of Jewish identity. Rabbi Azman and his family are committed to the enduring vision of peace, love, hope, and charity and are spearheading national efforts to serve the Jewish community and the people of Ukraine.

Rebuilding a country starts with rebuilding the spirit of its people.

Rabbi Azman's

Dvar Torah

Read Rabbi Azman's inspirational words of Torah in his weekly Dvar Torah.

Dvar Torah
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