Amid Jewish Agency Crisis, Chabad Sues Russia For Schneerson Collection

The Chernobyl Rebbe visiting the Shneerson Library. Photo: Levi Nazarov

Chabad in Israel has launched legal proceedings against Russia demanding that the transfer of ownership of Alexander’s Courtyard in Jerusalem to Russia be frozen until it releases the Schneerson Collection.

The Association of Chabad in the U.S. filed an appeal on the matter to Israel’s Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara.

In a letter written by Attorney Uri Kedar, he states that the Schneerson Collection is a “historical collection that includes approximately 12,000 books and original writings, which were gradually collected and preserved by Chabad from the end of the 18th century until today. The collection is a heritage asset for the entire Jewish people, in a way that goes beyond the boundaries of Chabad Hasidism.”

“For historical reasons, since the end of World War I, the Schneerson Collection has been in the possession of the government in Russia, which was formerly the Soviet regime in the Soviet Union, and now the Russian government.”

“The Schneerson Collection has historical Jewish importance, and therefore it is only natural that the State of Israel will mobilize for this historic task, and will do everything in its power on the legal and practical level, to assist my client’s worldwide efforts to return the Schneerson Collection to its possession at the Chabad Hasidic Center in the U.S.

“Freeze all activity for the transfer of ownership of properties in Israel to the Russian government, and in particular the Alexander Nevsky Court, until the move that my client is promoting to return the Schneerson Collection as a whole to its possession will be successfully completed,” Kedar demanded.

Chabad has been taking legal action in the US for years in the US and courts have ordered the Russian government to return the collection and issued sanctions when it refused to do so, which have accumulated to about $170 million.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. @Are Roster:
    This is a battle that was waged by the Lubavitcher Rebbe himself, and it was one of his topmost priorities amongst various other projects he catered to on a daily basis.

  2. Chabad, be careful. Ukraine is our enemy, time to get your Menorha Building from Ukraine before you start demanding from Russia…..Chabad you are the one who willed this now explain this mess……Shneerson is not the Moshiach and never will be…..remove all of our Tzedem from Europe…it is time….

  3. Looks like this article is mistitled.
    It sounds like Chabad is suing the Israeli government to stop transfer of the Alexander Nevsky Court until Russia returns the Seforim
    Either way – BeHazlacha

  4. I am throwing my full & entire unequivocal support behind Chabad who are doing exactly what they should be doing, and so rightly deserve to have this Library restored to them, irrespective whether be it to Yerusholayim Ihr haKodesh or/& to 770.