Joseph Sitruk

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Rabbi Joseph Haïm Sitruk
Chief Rabbi of France
Began June 1987
Ended 22 June 2008
Predecessor René Samuel Sirat
Successor Gilles Bernheim
Other Rabbi of Strasbourg,
Chief Rabbi of Marseille,
President of the Conference of European Rabbis
Personal details
Born (1944-10-17)17 October 1944
Tunis, French Tunisia
Died 25 September 2016(2016-09-25) (aged 71)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Denomination Orthodox
Residence Paris

Joseph Haïm Sitruk (Hebrew: יוסף סיטרוק‎‎; 16 October 1944 – 25 September 2016) was a former Chief Rabbi of France, a position he held from June 1987 to 22 June 2008. Born Joseph Sitruk in Tunis, after suffering a stroke in 2001 and recovering he added the name "Haim" to his name in line with Jewish tradition.

He graduated as a rabbi in 1970 following his studies in a rabbinical school, and was named Rabbi of Strasbourg before becoming the assistant of the Chief Rabbi Max Warchawski.

In 1975, Joseph Sitruk became Chief Rabbi of Marseille. In 1987 he was elected to occupy the post of Chief Rabbi of France. He was then re-elected for two more 7 year terms. He was married and father of 9 children. He was also the president of the Conference of European Rabbis.

On 16 March 2007, he was selected as a Commander of the Legion of Honor.

He lost his bid for re-election as Chief Rabbi of France on 22 June 2008, against Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, who had previously run against him on the 1994 Chief Rabbinate elections and failed.

He was Orthodox. Though he may not have held religious and moral authority over all Jews in France, his charisma earned him a certain reverence, especially among Sephardi Jews.[1]

He died on 25 September 2016 at the age of 71.[2]


  1. ^ Stéphanie Le Bars, Le Monde, 30 May 2008
  2. ^ Former Chief Rabbi of France, Joseph Sitruk, passes away