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