Grape Vine: Defending Jerusalem then and now

In addition to a special prayer for Jerusalem, the service featured singing by Cantor Chaim Adler and the Jerusalem Synagogue Choir, conducted by Elli Jaffe

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May 9, 2013 15:38
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Jerusalem Academy Choir and String Ensemble

Jerusalem Academy Choir and String Ensemble. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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■ SEVERAL PEOPLE who are not regular congregants at Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue expected the place to be overflowing last Saturday for the special Jerusalem Day service. In addition to a special prayer for Jerusalem, the service featured singing by Cantor Chaim Adler and the Jerusalem Synagogue Choir, conducted by Elli Jaffe, as well as addresses by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Rabbi She’ar Yashuv Cohen, chief rabbi emeritus of Haifa and former chief rabbi of the Israel Air Force.

While still a student at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva, Cohen – who was born in Jerusalem and has a law degree from the Hebrew University – joined one of the underground resistance movements that fought the British Mandate, and during the War of Independence defended both Gush Etzion and the Jewish Quarter of the capital’s Old City.

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