Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem celebrates ‘return of religious Zionist values’ to rabbinate

Rabbi Arye Stern hosts festive dinner with Supreme Court justices, professors, authors, Israel prize laureates, and other distinguished figures.

April 23, 2015 17:52
1 minute read.
Arye Stern

Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Arye Stern at Independence Day dinner, April 22, 2015. (photo credit: SHLOMI COHEN)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Arye Stern hosted a dinner on Wednesday night to celebrate Independence Day with Supreme Court justices, professors, authors, Israel prize laureates and other distinguished figures.

Stern’s office described the event as “a celebration of the return of religious Zionist values to the world of the state rabbinate,” noting that most official senior rabbinical positions have in recent decades been occupied by haredi figures.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Stern, who is one of the leading and most respected rabbinical leaders in the national religious world, was elected to be Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Jerusalem in October 2014, alongside the haredi Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Amar.

Present at the celebratory meal were Supreme Court Justices Elyakim Rubinstein and Noam Sohlberg, as well as Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Deputy Religious Services Minister Eli Ben-Dahan and novelist Haim Be’er among others.

Stern addressed those assembled and spoke of his plans to reform and advance the activities of the rabbinate in Jerusalem.

“We have many plans for the rabbinate in the field of kashrut, marriage, mikvaot and others, with the purpose of turning make [these services] enlightened and welcoming which will make things easier on the general public and will help people reconnect with religious practice,” said the rabbi.

Related Content

ANDREAS HERZOG was introduced as Israel’s national  team soccer coach this week (August 14, 2018).
August 15, 2018
Herzog has big challenge ahead with blue-and-white