November 14, 1908|
|Died||June 24, 2005
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Resting place||Eden Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Rabbanit Heshmat Shofet|
Yedidia Shofet (also spelled Shophet, and often referred to as Hakham Yedidia; November 14, 1908 – June 24, 2005) was the former Chief Rabbi of Iran and the worldwide spiritual leader of Persian Jewry.
Shofet served as the Chief Rabbi of Iran. He became a liaison and spokesperson for Iranian Jews before the Shah, government officials, and Islamic clerics. He was instrumental in persuading the Shah and other government officials in the early 1950s to allow Iraqi Jews, who had been forced to leave Iraq, to find temporary refuge in Iran before eventually immigrating to Israel.
Following the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the execution of Habib Elghanian, Shofet, along with thousands of other Iranian Jews, immigrated to Southern California. While no longer working as a liaison for Iranian Jews, he continued to serve as a symbolic religious figure, urging Iranian Jewish families to preserve their Jewish tradition. In the United States, Shofet, with his son and other community leaders, helped establish the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills, California.
- Iranian Jewish leader Hacham Yedidia Shofet has died, World Jewish Congress, July 01, 2005
- Karmel Melamed, Iranian Jewish Spiritual Icon Dies, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, June 30, 2005
- Nessah Synagogue website: History
- Karmel Melamed, Nessah Honors Rabbanit Heshmat Shofet, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, November 16, 2009
|Chief Rabbi of Iran