Jerzy Kanal, a 71-year-old businessman, has been chosen chairman of the Jewish community of Berlin, Germany’s largest. He was elected by the five-member communal managing board to succeed Heinz Galinski, who died last month after heart surgery.
Galinski was also leader of the entire German Jewish community. Galinski’s successor as chairman of the Zentralrat, the Central Council of German Jews, is scheduled to be selected by the council on Sept. 20.
The candidates are Ignaz Bubis, a Frankfurt real estate dealer, and Robert Guttman, a Munich businessman.
Kanal served for 23 years on the Berlin community’s board and was its vice chairman for the past three years.