MENACHEM MENDEL PEWZNER, CHIEF RABBI
In 1992 Rabbi Pewzner became Lubabitcher Rabbi’s emissary in S.Petersburg, he has served as the rabbi at the Grand Choral Synagogue. Since 1996 he is the Chief Rabbi of S.Petersburg. Before assuming this post, Rabbi Pewzner graduated from the New York Yeshiva “Tomhey Temimim Lubavitch”, has a semicha and is qualified to serve on the Rabbinical Court. A respected leader in community outreach, education, and youth programming, Rabbi Pewzner also is member of the Conference of European Rabbis, Chief Rabbi of North-West Federal Region of Russia, member of FJCR (Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia) Council of Rabbis, member of Lubavitcher Rebbe’s emissaries committee in the Commonwealth of Independent States (Former Soviet Republics).
His wife, rabbanit Sara Pewzner, is the head of Jewish curriculum department of the community’s secondary school “Beit Sefer Menachem”.