David Rosen (rabbi)

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David Rosen in 2009

David Shlomo Rosen CBE, born in 1951 in Newbury, Berkshire, England,[1] is the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland (1979–85) and currently serves as the Director of the American Jewish Committee's Department of Interreligious Affairs and the Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding.[2] From 2005 until 2009 he headed the International Jewish Committee for Inter-religious Consultations (IJCIC), the broad based coalition of Jewish organizations and denominations that represents World Jewry in its relations with other world religions.

Before being appointed Chief Rabbi of Ireland, he was the Senior Rabbi of the largest Orthodox Jewish congregation in South Africa (The Green and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town) and served as a judge on the Cape Beth Din (rabbinic court). He is also a board member of the Brussels-based organization CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe that promotes a Europe of diversity and respect.

Interfaith relations[edit]

Based in Jerusalem, he also serves as the Advisor on Interreligious Affairs to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, serving on the latter's Commission for Interreligious Relations.

He is an International President of the World Conference of Religions for Peace; Honorary President of the International Council of Christians and Jews; on the board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute;[3] and is on the Advisory Boards of the World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace; and the World Economic Forum's council of religious leaders.


In November 2005, Rabbi Rosen was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in recognition of his contribution to Jewish-Catholic reconciliation, making him the first Israeli citizen and the first Orthodox rabbi to receive this honor. In the same year he also won the Mount Zion Award for Interreligious Understanding. In December 2006, Rabbi Rosen received the Raphael Lemkin Human Rights Award from Rabbis for Human Rights – North America for having founded the organization Rabbis for Human Rights. Rosen was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.[4]

Rabbi Rosen was appointed as the only Jewish representative on the Board of Directors of the KAICIID Dialogue Centre (interfaith centre) established in Vienna in 2012 by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia together with the governments of Austria and Spain.

In 2016, he was awarded the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation by the Archbishop of Canterbury "for his commitment and contribution to the work of Inter Religious relations between, particularly, the Jewish and Catholic faiths".[5]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Sharon (née Rothstein), who co-directs the Jerusalem office of Search for Common Ground.[6] They have three daughters, Yakarah (married to Arik Attias), Gabriella (married to Dror Rubin) and Amirit (married to David Goodman); and five grandchildren, Imbar, Nieve, Yair (Yakarah and Arik's offspring) and Zohar and Eli-nor (Gabriella and Dror's sons). He is a son of Rabbi Dr. Kopul Rosen, as are his brothers Jeremy Rosen and Michael Rosen.


Rabbi Rosen's views on a variety of topics may be found in the Media section of his website, www.rabbidavidrosen.net.


Rabbi Rosen is also Honorary President of the International Jewish Vegetarian and Ecology society. He is a vigorous critic of factory farming, noting that "much of the current treatment of animals in the livestock trade makes the consumption of meat produced through such cruel conditions halachically unacceptable as the product of illegitimate means." In addition, he has argued that the waste of natural resources and the damage done to the environment by "meat production" make a compelling Jewish moral argument for adopting a vegetarian diet. [1] He has written extensively on a wide variety of interfaith issues [2].

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rabbi David Rosen Biography
  2. ^ AJC. "Rabbi David Rosen bio". AJC.org. American Jewish Committee. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  3. ^ The Elijah Interfaith Institute - Jewish Members of the Board of World Religious Leaders
  4. ^ "No. 59282". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2009. p. 23.
  5. ^ "The Archbishop of Canterbury's Awards: Lambeth Palace" (PDF). Archbishop of Canterbury. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Search for Common Grounds. https://www.sfcg.org/leadership-team/. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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Preceded by
Isaac Cohen
Chief Rabbi of Ireland
Succeeded by
Ephraim Mirvis