BREAKING: Rav Aryeh Stern And Rav Shlomo Amar Elected As Chief Rabbis Of Jerusalem


ywbn1The polls in the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate race closed at 19:00. A total of 48 men and women were eligible to vote.

Rabbi Aryeh Stern has been elected as the next Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Yerushalayim and will serve alongside Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the new Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Yerushalayim.

The following are the official results released moments ago by the Jerusalem Election officials.

Rabbi Stern received 27 votes and Rabbi Amar received 28 votes.

1. Rabbi Shlomo Amar: 28

2. Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu:18

3. Rabbi Chaim Amsellem: 2

4. Rabbi Aryeh Stern: 27

5. Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lau: 20

There was one empty envelope.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Rebitzen Eliyahu was angered over reports that Barkat stands behind the deal that includes support for Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate candidates Rabbi Aryeh Stern Shlita and Rabbi Shlomo Amar Shlita. She stated “everything is about small minded deals and dirty politics”.

    Speaking to Moshe Glasner, Rebitzen Eliyahu stated “The rav chose him and backed him. The rav assisted him and he got to where he is. He wants Yerushalayim to be like Tel Aviv and to permit opening stores on Shabbos. This is unacceptable. Yerushalayim is a holy city”.

    The rebitzen also turned her criticism to the head of the Bayit Yehudi party, Naftali Bennett. “When they brought him to our home, it was in the entrance, he said ‘Ima please meet…’ despite the fact the hallway was not well lit, I said אֵין תּוֹכוֹ כְּבָרוֹ

  2. Define— Gosh, golly gee, these positions are far from symbolic.

    It is control over a huge budget and appointments of Rabbanim, DAYANIM, and Kashrut supervisers. Makeup of Battai Din & community Rabbanim – huge responsibilities!!

  3. I doven that these Rabbis protect the high standards put in place by the Haredim. Unfortunately, there will be a lot in-fighting but that’s why we have so many problems.