Rabbi Chaim Amsellem, who heads the Am Shalem party has officially registered to run in the upcoming race to elect an Ashkenazi and Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He told the media he hopes to become the city’s next Sephardi Chief Rabbi. The election is scheduled for 27 Tishrei 5775.
The rabbi explains that Jerusalem is the holy city and today, tensions are rising between the different walks of life, including between the religious and chareidi. He therefore feels that a rav is needed who can identify with the different camps and work to bring the essential religious services to the different communities. “I think that I am both worthy and suited for the position and I am doing it” stated Rabbi Amsellem.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)