Yerushalayim Elects New Chief Rabbis

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

Former Rishon Letzion Harav Shlomo Amar was chosen as Yerushalayim’s new Sephardic Chief Rabbi and Rabbi Aryeh Stern was chosen as the city’s new Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi on Tuesday evening, ending an 11-year period during which the posts stood vacant.

In the Sephardic race, Harav Amar won 28 votes, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu got 18, and Rabbi Haim Amsalem two. Harav Amar served as Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel from 2003–2013.

Rabbi Stern won 27 votes for Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lau received 20, and one ballot was blank.

Rabbi Stern was until now director and chief editor of the Halacha Brura Institute.