Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich is the Chief Rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine. He is also the Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress and of the European Congress. Bleich has been instrumental in founding the Kiev Jewish Community, the Union of Jewish Religious Organizations of Ukraine, the first full Jewish day school in Ukraine, the first legal Jewish orphanage and boarding school in Ukraine, the Chesed Avot welfare society of Kiev, the Magen Avot social services network of Ukraine, and a host of other organizations.
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