David Rosen (rabbi)

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David Rosen

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David Shlomo Rosen

1951 (age 70–71)
Newbury, Berkshire, England
Sharon Rothstein
(m. 1973)
Alma materYeshivat Har Etzion
Jewish leader
PredecessorIsaac Cohen
SuccessorEphraim Mirvis
PositionChief Rabbi

David Shlomo Rosen KSG CBE (born 1951)[1] is the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland (1979–1985) and currently serves as the American Jewish Committee's International Director of Interreligious Affairs.[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.

He is an alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel.[3]

Interfaith relations[edit]

Based in Jerusalem, he also serves on the Chief Rabbinate of Israel's Commission for Interreligious Relations.

He is an international president of Religions for Peace; and serves as the only Jewish representative on the board of directors of the KAICIID Dialogue Centre (interfaith centre) established in 2012 by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia together with the governments of Austria and Spain and the Vatican. He is honorary president of the International Council of Christians and Jews; and serves on the board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute;[4] and the World Council of Religious Leaders.


In November 2005, 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 honour. In the same year he also won the Mount Zion Award for Interreligious Understanding. In December 2006, he 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 by Queen Elizabeth II.[5]

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".[6]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Sharon (née Rothstein), who co-directs the Jerusalem office of Search for Common Ground.[7] They have three daughters and six grandchildren. Born in Newbury, Berkshire, he is the third son of Rabbi Kopul Rosen and the brother of Rabbis Jeremy Rosen (b. 1942) and Michael Rosen (21 January 1945 – 8 December 2008).[8]


Rosen is the 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 vegan diet.[9] He has written extensively on a wide variety of interfaith issues.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rabbi David Rosen Biography
  2. ^ "David Rosen". AJC. 9 July 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  3. ^ בוגרי הר עציון המשמשים ברבנות, retrieved 1 February 2022
  4. ^ The Elijah Interfaith Institute - Jewish Members of the Board of World Religious Leaders
  5. ^ "No. 59282". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2009. p. 23.
  6. ^ "The Archbishop of Canterbury's Awards: Lambeth Palace" (PDF). Archbishop of Canterbury. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Search for Common Grounds (24 July 2013). "Leadership Team".
  8. ^ "A JEWISH TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER". www.jewishtelegraph.com. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  9. ^ Leahey, Phineas. "IS THERE A BASIS IN JEWISH ETHICS FOR MANDATORY VEGANISM OR A HUMANE FARM ANIMAL DIET?". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.

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Preceded by Chief Rabbi of Ireland
Succeeded by