The Jerusalem Post has put together its annual list of ‘50 most influential Jews‘ who have impacted the world last year, and have the potential to affect change in years to come.
Rabbi Berel Lazar
Shepherding Chabad in Russia
When one thinks of post-Soviet Jewry, one institution that may come to mind is the Chabad Hassidic group, whose Russian branch is headed by Rabbi Berel Lazar.
Born in Italy in 1964 to Chabad emissaries, Lazar went to the United States as a teenager, studying and living in Crown Heights through his early 20s. He moved to Russia 25 years ago, at the end of the Cold War, where he quickly became involved in communal life and helped found the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia. He became chief rabbi in 2000.