OU Israel Welcomes Rabbi Aryeh Stern, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem

22 Jan 2015
From left: Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern; OU Israel Executive Director Rabbi Avi Berman; and OU Israel President Zvi Sand.

Rabbi Aryeh Stern was elected Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim on October 22, 2014. A student of Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, Rabbi Stern filled an 11-year vacancy that was created by the death of Rabbi Yitzhak Kolitz ז”ל in 2003. The chief editor of the Halacha Brura and Berur Halacha Institute, he is recognized as being the representative of the national religious community. He was supported by HaBayit HaYehudi party, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and many of Israel’s most respected rabbis.

“It is in my intention to serve as the rabbi of all Jerusalemites: secular, modern-orthodox and charedi alike,” Rabbi Stern said when he was elected.

On January 20 he visited the OU Israel Center to learn about the OU and its activities in Israel.

After being greeted by Rabbi Avi Berman , Executive Director of OU Israel and Zvi Sand, President of OU Israel, Rabbi Stern toured the OU Israel Center and was impressed with the number of shiurim that were in progress.

Read more about the chief rabbi’s visit on the OU Israel website.