Hadassah Medical Organization gets a Zionist rabbi
Rabbi Klein, former deputy director of the conversion administration,
to succeed Rabbi Yaacov Rakovski.
Hadassah Medical Organization Photo: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
The Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) has chosen a Modern Orthodox, Zionist
rabbi – Moshe Klein – to be the rabbi of its medical institutions, succeeding
its longtime rabbi, Yaacov Rakovski, who died last January.
announcement last week thus put to an end speculation and concern – which was
even expressed in a large advertisement in The Jerusalem Post, that political
and other pressures would lead to the appointment of an ultra- Orthodox rabbi,
without the Zionist credentials of the Women’s Zionist Organization of America
that owns the medical centers.
For the past 19 years, Klein has served
simultaneously as head of Bnei Akiva Tzfira girls’ schools and deputy chairman
of all Bnei Akiva boys and girls schools.
Previously, the 55-year-old
rabbi served as the director of Bat Ami – a voluntary national service
organization – and from 2004 until 2010, as deputy director of the conversion
administration in the Prime Minister’s Office. For the past 12 years, he has
also served voluntarily as the rabbi of the Kfar Ganim neighborhood in Petah
Klein, who was born in Petah Tikva, is frequently asked to speak
on religious and educational topics in person and on the radio and to present
his views in a variety of publications.
He also prepares Jewish Agency
emissaries for service abroad, sharing his knowledge of Diaspora
Ordained by a number of Torah scholars, including the late
Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel Rabbi Avraham Shapira, Klein also has
certification of higher religious education from the Chief Rabbinate.
graduate of the Yeshivat Bnei Akiva Nehalim high school, east of Petah Tikva,
and Jerusalem’s Yeshivat Merkaz Harav, Klein holds a master’s degree in law from
Bar-Ilan University and certification as a teacher, family mediator and
arbitrator by the Israel Bar Association.
HMO had 10 candidates to choose
from, some of them haredi.
“Finding the right person was not an easy task
at all, because all the candidates had excellent qualifications,” HMO
director-general Prof. Ehud Kokia Hadassah said. “I congratulate Rabbi
Klein and am certain that he will provide religious and spiritual counseling for
our patients, our employees and whoever comes to visit Hadassah.”