Moscow, October 4, Interfax - The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia appointed rabbi Yehezkel Lazar, son of the chief rabbi of Russia, to Crimea.
"City community asked chief rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar to appoint a permanent rabbi. You know, he is my father. After 2014, my wife and I visited Simferopol and we loved local community and the region. We decided that our goal is not to live happily in Israel or America, but to help the Jewish community that is waiting for a rabbi," the young rabbi said in his interview published on Wednesday in NG-Religii paper.
He pointed out that Jews live in Crimea and Simferopol and the goal of his visit to organize community life.
Local Jews pray at an old synagogue, it was partially repaired, the new spiritual leader plans to build a big community center, which will include the synagogue.
"We hope that Jews who live in Crimea will know that they have one address where they can get everything they need for Jewish life - buy Kosher food, visit a Kosher restaurant and so on," he said.
According to the young rabbi, about 15,000 Jews live in Simferopol today.