After 11 Year Vacancy, New Chief Rabbis of Jerusalem Elected

21 Oct 2014

rabbiAmarRabbis Aryeh Stern and Shlomo Amar were voted Jerusalem’s new chief rabbis of on Tuesday evening, after 11 years in which the posts stood vacant.

The 48 electors who cast their ballots at city hall on Tuesday afternoon chose Amar to serve in the capacity of the capital’s Sephardi chief rabbi, and Stern as Ashkenazi chief rabbi.

The two winners enjoyed the backing of both Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat, who has long wanted to get a Zionist rabbi elected as the city’s chief rabbi, and Naftali Bennett, chairman of religious-Zionist party Habayit Hayehudi.

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