Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rabbis Stern & Amar Elected as Chief Rabbis of Jerusalem

Rav Shlomo Amar and Rav Arye Stern were respectively elected the Sephardi and Ashkenazi chief rabbis of Jerusalem on Tuesday night. The two rabbis are filling posts that have been empty for over 10 years.

Regarding the Sephardi chief rabbi, the final voting results from the 48-member electoral body were 28 for Amar, 18 for his closest contender, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, and two votes for Rabbi Haim Amsalem. For the Ashkenazi position, 27 votes went to Stern and 20 went to haredi Rabbi Moshe Haim Lau, with one abstention.

Rabbi Amar and his camp upon hearing the news of his victory.

Hours before polling stations were to opened, Rav Aryeh Stern sits deep in study, oblivious to his surroundings.

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