Nearly 90 religious and social leaders from Southern California's Iranian Jewish community have formally and unanimously recognized Rabbi David Shofet of the Nessah Cultural Center as the community's new spiritual head.
While Shofet was not elected, the leadership from leading Iranian Jewish organizations signed a resolution approving him to serve as their primary religious leader. The pronouncement was made at a community gathering Sept. 29 at the Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles.
For more than 25 years, Shofet worked alongside his father, Hacham Yedidia Shofet, the community's longtime spiritual leader, who died last summer.
"The resolution was an expression of confidence that Rav David was the best person to follow in the footsteps of his father, Hacham Yedidia, as our community's leading spiritual leader," said Sam Kermanian, secretary general of the Iranian Jewish Federation.
The event was hosted by Dr. H. Kermanshachi, past chairman and founder of the Iranian Jewish Federation.