MA, Ner Israel, Baltimore; MS, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, US. Since 1993, Chief Rabbi of Moscow. Since 2011, President, Conference of European Rabbis, the first from Eastern Europe in the organization's 54-year history. Spring 2009, Visiting Scholar, Davis Center, Harvard University, US. Takes an active part in interfaith dialogue gatherings with Christians and Muslims and has spoken at major events on this theme in New York, Paris, Astana, Seville and Moscow. Has also addressed the US Senate, EU Parliament, Council of Europe, Israeli Knesset, Prime Minister Netanyahu's Ne'eman Commission, Oxford University, OSCE Berlin Conference on anti-Semitism, and Harvard University, discussing the state of the Jewish community, and the threats of anti-Semitism.