Ukrainian chief rabbi to resign

One of Ukraine’s chief rabbis said he will resign at the end of this year.

Rabbi Azriel Chaikin, 78, told members of the Ukraine rabbinate and leaders of the Federation of the Jewish Communities this week that he would resign at the end of his term.

Chaikin said he would “continue to pray” for the people of Ukraine, “for the prosperity of the Ukrainian state, for peace and tranquility in this beautiful state: Ukraine.”

Chaikin was elected chief rabbi September 2003. There are three chief rabbis in Ukraine: Chaikin, Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich and Rabbi Moshe Azman Reuveni.

Rabbi Aleksandr Dukhovny is leader of the Reform, or Progressive, movement in Ukraine.

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