Journalist Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt, the spouse of Goldschmidt’s son Benyamin, tweeted that Goldschmidt had “refused” the stress to publicly help Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine.
Goldshcmidt and his spouse Rebbetzin Dara Goldschmidt first traveled to Hungary in March to fundraise for Ukrainian refugees, then settled in Jerusalem.
“They are now in exile from the community they loved, built & raised their children in, over 33 years,” Chizhik-Goldschmidt stated.
Rabbi Goldschmidt stated in early May that he returned to Israel as a result of his father’s hospitalization and didn’t know when he would return to Russia.
Goldshcmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis who was born in Switzerland, informed Britain’s The Times on Sunday he had been suggested towards returning to Moscow in the intervening time.
The rabbi stated he couldn’t go additional in publicly condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to make sure the “survival” of Russia’s Jewish neighborhood of 500,000.
The Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis of Israel have urged the leaders of Russian Jewish communities to respect Goldschmidt’s authority regardless of his bodily absence, in line with the Jerusalem Post.
“The rabbinic court he headed continues to operate under his guidance and provides a proper response to those in need,” they reportedly wrote in a letter.
Goldschmidt was re-elected as Moscow’s chief rabbi for an additional seven-year time period regardless of his self-imposed exile and efforts to sideline him, the Jewish outlet newsru.co.il reported Wednesday.
A spokesman for Russia’s chief rabbi Berel Lazar, who additionally criticized the Ukraine invasion, stated he’s not conscious of any stress on Jewish leaders to endorse the conflict.
“It would be surprising to learn that Rabbi Goldschmidt was being pressured,” Boruch Gorin informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.