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  • Israel moves closer to having one chief rabbi

    2 weeks ago

    A bill to have one chief rabbi in Israel rather than the current two passed its first reading in the Knesset.

    On June 23, the bill passed by a vote of 22-14, representing less than a third of the Israeli parliament’s 120 lawmakers. It moves to the Knesset’s Interior Committee for...

  • Dynasties prevail as Lau, Yosef win chief rabbi races

    July 24, 2013 | 2:14 pm

    David Lau and Yitzchak Yosef, both sons of former Israeli chief rabbis, were elected Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel, respectively.

    Wednesday’s vote by 147 Knesset members, local officials and regional rabbis was the culmination of a tense, months-long campaign with...

  • Royal baby, Jews and international fascination

    July 23, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    So we have a new royal baby in the United Kingdom. Mazal Tov! As someone who worked in communications for Buckingham Palace for three years, from 2009 to 2012, I was both delighted to hear the news and interested to gauge the global media reaction to the new arrival. It’s a story...

  • Israeli Chief Rabbi Metzger under house arrest

    June 21, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Police placed Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, under house arrest following a 10-hour interrogation on corruption allegations.

    According to The Jerusalem Post, police ordered Metzger not to leave his home for five days.

    Investigators from the National Fraud Squad...

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  • Pope Francis reaches out to Italy’s chief rabbi

    By Rob Eshman

    March 14, 2013 | 11:44 am

    If the Jewish world was waiting for a sign from Pope Francis regarding his relations with its community, it didn't take long.

    In his first day as Pope today, Francis I wrote to the Chief Rabbi of the Rome Jewish Community, Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, inviting him to his Inauguration...

  • JFNA rips chief rabbi’s criticism of state pay for non-Orthodox rabbis

    June 21, 2012 | 11:39 am

    The Jewish Federations of North America slammed Israeli Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar’s criticism of the Israeli government’s decision to pay the salaries of some non-Orthodox rabbis.

    “It is a fundamental Jewish virtue to ‘love your fellow as yourself.’ We condemn comments that...

  • Chief rabbi will fight non-Orthodox rabbis’ salaries

    June 18, 2012 | 10:44 am

    Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi said he will fight the state’s agreement to pay the salaries of some non-Orthodox rabbis who lead their communities.

    Rabbi Shlomo Amar said in an interview with the haredi Kol Berama radio station on Sunday night that he would convene the Chief...

  • Reinstated Amsterdam chief rabbi rues using title on ‘curing’ homosexuality document

    February 2, 2012 | 10:58 am

    The chief rabbi of Amsterdam, who was suspended for signing a statement on “curing” homosexuality, reportedly has been reinstated and said he was wrong to sign the document using his chief rabbi title.

    Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag of New York, who travels to the Netherlands several times a...

  • Hail to the chief rabbi

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    January 26, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    The chief rabbi of the British Commonwealth, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, will address several Los Angeles gatherings Feb. 3-5 in a scholar-in-residence program sponsored by a consortium of Modern Orthodox organizations.

    Sacks, who became chief rabbi in 1991 and retires next year, has...

  • Chief rabbi will recite Kaddish for Pollard’s father

    June 22, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger said he’ll say Kaddish for jailed spy Jonathan Pollard’s father, who was buried Monday.

    Pollard cannot say Kaddish for his father, Morris, with a minyan because there is none in the federal prison in North Carolina in which Pollard is serving a life...

  • From generation to generation

    By Arthur Cohn

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The first chief rabbi of the Jewish community of the Swiss city of Basel was my grandfather, Arthur Cohn, after whom I was named and whom I know only through hearsay and stories told by my father.

    For 40 years, my grandfather held the office of chief rabbi of Basel, a city to...

  • Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Amar to visit Los Angeles

    By Amy Klein

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel will visit Los Angeles next week for the first time, a move that signifies the growing importance of the religious community here around the world. Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who has been serving as chief rabbi since 2003, along with Ashkenazi counterpart...
  • A Ukrainian City’s Coming-of-Age

    By Daniel MacIsaac

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's not too often that a 13-year-old boy can change the world -- or at least the world in which he lives.

    So, it is difficult to underestimate the significance of the recent bar mitzvah of Menachem Mendel Moskovitz, known as Mendel.

    As the eldest son of the Venezuelan-born chief...

  • Demonstrating Support

    By Michael J

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    After an appeal by Iran's chief rabbi, the Iranian judiciary has announced it will allow 13 Jews accused of spying for Israel and America to hire their own lawyers, said an American Jewish leader.

    The 13 will also get a few extra days to prepare their case, according to Malcolm...