After the Kremlin demanded his public support in its war of aggression against Ukraine, Chief Rabbi of Moscow, Pinchas Goldschmidt, has left the country, his daughter-in-law and journalist Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt said in a Twitter post on June 7.
According to her, the Rabbi and his wife initially left Russia for Hungary, where they raised funds for refugees. Later, they flew to Israel, where Goldschmidt was admitted to a Jerusalem hospital.
The Rabbi left Russia in early May.
Chizhik-Goldschmidt added that now the Rabbi is effectively “exiled from the community he loved and spent 33 years building.”
In an interview with U.S. state broadcaster Voice of America on May 11, senior Ukrainian rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman said he was advising all Russian Jewish communities to leave Russia, adding that anti-Jewish rhetoric in Russia was creating a dangerous environment for Jews.