JERUSALEM — Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, a religious educator who survived a brutal Gulag in Siberia and secretly taught Judaism under an oppressive Soviet regime, has died in Israel. He was 84.
Chabad Lubavitch, the Hasidic movement of which Rabbi Greenberg was a member, said he died Tuesday.
Chabad said Rabbi Greenberg was born in Moldova. At the age of 14, he went to Uzbekistan to study Judaism at a secret seminary. The Soviets prohibited teaching Judaism.
He was caught trying to escape the Soviet Union at the end of World War II and was banished for seven years to a Siberian labor camp, where he continued Jewish traditions.
In 1967, he moved to Israel.
He leaves 17 children.