“I remember the day in 1995, when my business partner asked about going to the rabbi for Friday night dinner. I said no the first time,” the major Chabad donor told Jewish News during a rare interview. “When he asked a second time, I agreed but suggested we don’t bring our wives as I didn’t know what to expect.”
Bogolyubov recalls a shul building that wasn’t well kept “and I wasn’t impressed by the synagogue or the Torah – I was just not interested”. His interest was ignited, however, when he was told that the shul’s soup kitchen served anyone in need.
It was Bogolyubov’s very first encounter with what he describes as the “Chabad hug” and one that would transform his life. Today, he observes Shabbat and prays daily while maintaining a business empire spanning banking, construction and mining that has turned him into one of Ukraine’s richest men with an estimated worth in 2010 of $6billion. Quite a change for someone who, as a youngster, sometimes “had to wait another day” for a proper meal.
Last updated: Thursday, Mar 9 2017 12:36pm