2020-04-01 17:09:00

Moscow rabbi recovers from coronavirus

Moscow, April 1, Interfax - A rabbi of Bolshaya Bronnaya Synagogue in central Moscow, Yitzchak Kogan, and his wife Hanna are being discharged from Kommunarka Hospital on Wednesday, the Federation of Russian Jewish Communities told Interfax.

The 73-year-old was hospitalized with pneumonia on March 19, as was his wife, who showed symptoms of acute respiratory infection. Both were later diagnosed with Covid-19.

"Dad is feeling good," the rabbi's son Josef Kogan said.

In Soviet times, the rabbi was a refusenik and was actively involved in clandestine Jewish life before moving to Israel under a repatriation program in 1988. Later, he was involved in evacuating children from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster zone. In 1991, he returned to Russia and became a rabbi at the Bolshaya Bronnaya Synagogue, the restoration of which he oversaw.