Rabbi David Rosen Joins American Jewish Committee

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) -- The American Jewish Committee has named Rabbi David Rosen to head the organization's worldwide initiatives and programming in interreligious affairs.

''Understanding and cooperation between religious communities and their leadership is more crucial then ever for the well-being of society,'' said Rosen, who will be based in Israel but will travel extensively. ''The Jewish community has an essential role to play as both contributor and beneficiary in this regard.''

Born and educated in Britain, Rosen was ordained in Israel. From 1975 to 1979, he was the senior rabbi of the largest Jewish congregation in South Africa. From 1979 to 1985, he was chief rabbi of Ireland, where he helped found the Irish Council of Christians and Jews.

He returned to Israel in 1985 to serve as dean of the Sapir Center for Jewish Education and Culture in the Old City of Jerusalem, and subsequently became professor of Jewish studies at the Jerusalem Center of Near Eastern Studies.

Since 1995, Rabbi Rosen has served as president of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, an interfaith body. In August 1998, he was elected president of the International Council of Christians and Jews, the umbrella organization for some 30 national bodies devoted to promoting Jewish-Christian relations.

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