The Chief Rabbi of Moscow, Rabbi of the Moscow Choral Synagogue Pinchas Goldshmidt left his post due to the expiration of his contract. About it informs TASS with reference to the press service of the Moscow Jewish Religious Community (MERO).
At the moment it is not known who will replace Goldschmidt, stated RBC press secretary of MERO Olga Esaulova.
“We are not talking about successors, perhaps [их] won’t be at all. Today there is an acting one,” she said.
In Goldschmidt’s statement, which was distributed by MERO, the former rabbi thanked the members of the community.
“It was a great honor for me to serve in the Moscow Choral Synagogue and work for the benefit of the Jewish community of Russia all these years,” the text says.
Previously, Pinkhas Goldschmidt and his wife left Russia shortly after the outbreak of the war. In May, the rabbi said he was forced to leave due to his father’s illness in Israel. But in June, Goldschmidt’s sister-in-law revealed that the real reason for his departure was government pressure to support the invasion of Ukraine.
Born in Zurich, Goldschmidt has served in Moscow since 1989 and was first elected chief rabbi of the city in 1993. In March, he left the country. Already after his departure, he was re-elected to the post of chief city rabbi, contrary to the position of the Russian authorities, wrote newspaper The Jerusalem Post. The publication claimed that his reappointment was supported by Israel’s chief rabbis.