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Israel Elects Chief Rabbis; Names Supreme Rabbinical Council

February 23, 1955
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President Itzhak Ben Zvi today paid a visit on Chief Rabbis Isaac Herzog and Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim to congratulate them upon their election yesterday as Chief Rabbi of the Ashkenazi and Sephardic communities, respectively, of Israel.

The names of the members of the Supreme Rabbinical Council also elected yesterday were announced today. They are: Rabbis Zvi Pesach Frank, Isser Yehuda Unterman, Yacov Toledano, Ovadia Hadaya, Reuven Katz and Yacov Haddas. The council is drawn equally from the Ashkenazi and Sephardic communities.

Rabbi Herzog was re-elected by acclamation, while Rabbi Nissim was elected by a vote of 42 to 27. A seventy-member electoral college, consisting of 48 rabbis and 22 lay leaders, drawn equally from the Ashkenazi and Sephardic communities, voted by secret ballot, Rabbi Herzog’s candidacy was unopposed. Rabbi Nissim’s opponent was Rabbi Yacov Toledano of Tel Aviv.

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