‘Very tense’ situation for Ukraine Jews, local rabbi says

Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman. Credit: Israel Hayom.

***Correction: The initial version of this story incorrectly identified rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman as a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary.

(JNS.org) The Jewish community in Ukraine is feeling the strain of the country’s revolution, according to local rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman.

“The situation in the [Jewish] community is very tense,” Azman told Israel Hayom. “We are on the brink of a war with Russia, and people are being called up to recruitment centers. Among them are also Jews who are supposed to be drafted to the Ukrainian army. It is not a simple situation.”

Currently, Ukrainians are most concerned about a possible violent outbreak in the Crimean peninsula. Azman, who is in contact with the Jewish community in the conflict zone, said, “There is tension there and the situation is not easy. With God’s help, we will overcome this situation and make it through.”

Posted on March 3, 2014 .