René Gutman grows up in the town of Rouen, where his father Alexandre Gutman was the local rabbi. He spent several years in Israel, dedicating himself to religious studies, at the Yeshiva of Tifra'h ישיבת תושיה, in the Negev, and after then in 'Hebron' (Slabodka yeshiva) in Jerusalem.
He learns rabbinic studies at the French Jewish Seminar in Paris, and meanwhile he starts his academic studies in the university. He graduated Rabbi in 1977, by winning the Grand Rabbin Lieber grant (1974) and the André Weil grant, three consecutive years. During this period he joins the religious youth movement Yeshouroun under the direction of Henri and Liliane Ackermann, among several future leaders of the French rabbinate. He has been successively rabbi of the city of Reims, Besançon, then Chief Rabbi of Brussels and finally in the Jewish community of Strasbourg and Lower Rhine, as successor to Rabbi Max Warschawski.
René Gutman holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne University) where he attended the seminar of Rabbi Charles Touati on the Talmudic and Rabbinic Judaism. Former member of the National Ethics Council on AIDS, Permanent Representative of the Conference of European Rabbis at the Council of Europe, he also participates in inter-religious dialogue. He also acts for dialogue beyond the Monotheistic Religions and met with religious representatives from the Far East (Religions for Peace, "Hommes de Parole", 2007 Kyoto Conference ).
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- "Décret du 2 avril 1999 portant promotion et nomination". Légifrance (in French). Retrieved 2011-07-10.
- "Décret du 30 janvier 2008 portant promotion et nomination". Légifrance (in French). Retrieved 2011-07-10.
- "Décret du 13 mai 2005 portant promotion et nomination". Légifrance (in French). Retrieved 2011-07-10.