Medal of Honor Awarded to Shluchim

Rabbi Zelig Ashkenazi, Shliach to Yekaterinburg, Russia, and Rabbi Menachem Glitzenstein, Shliach to Chernivtsi, Ukraine, were each honored by their governors for their work on behalf of the Jewish community.

By reporter

In an official ceremony today, the governor of Sverdlovsk district in Russia, awarded the medal of honor to Shliach and Chief Rabbi of Yekaterinburg Rabbi Zelig Ashkenazi, for his special devotion to the Jews of the city and the district for 23 years.

Last week, an event was held in the Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi honoring the city’s Chief Rabbi Menachem Glitzenstein, who presented with the “Grateful Bukovina” civic award by the governor of the Chernivtsi Region.

The civic honor was conferred upon Rabbi Glitzenstein by provincial authorities on the occasion of the approaching 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s declaration of independence and was said to be awarded for the rabbi’s “significant contributions to the cultural development of the region, as well as efforts to build tolerant inter-ethnic relations.”

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