Rabbi Saban, Chief Rabbi of Turkey, Dies in Istanbul; Was 83
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Rabbi Saban, Chief Rabbi of Turkey, Dies in Istanbul; Was 83

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Rabbi Raphael David Saban, chief rabbi of Turkey, died here today after a long illness. He was 83.

Rabbi Saban was born here, and educated at the Istanbul Rabbinical Academy, Prior to his election to the chief rabbinate, in 1953, he was president of the Jewish Rabbinical Court of Turkey for 23 years. He was also a member of the Istanbul Municipal Council from 1908 to 1925.

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