As well as being a notable figure in the Jewish community in Russia (being the country’s Chief Rabbi as well as Chair of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia and Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS), Berel Lazar’s efforts have been recognized on an international scale.
For example, in 2004 Vladimir Putin signed an edict to honor him with the Order of Friendship. He received this due to the contribution he had made in building up culture and bolstering liaisons between nations within Russia. This goes far beyond the Jewish cause, expanding to Russia as a complete entity.
Lazar’s efforts have also been recognized statewide by their moral implications. For example he received the ‘Minin and Pozharsky’ Order “for his great personal contribution to strengthening the moral and cultural fabric of the Russian State and for reviving spiritual life and religious freedom in the country”. In addition he was the recipient of the 2005 Medal “60 Years of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945” at the 19th session of the Russian ‘Pobeda’ (Victory) Organizational Committee.
The Peter the Great First Class Order that Lazar received was given to him “considering his activities in advancing inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations, and his great contribution to the spiritual rebirth of Russia’s Jewish community and to strengthening Russian state”.