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Rav Haim Amsalem

A symbol of rabbinic and personal leadership. Sephardi Orthodox Rabbi and Torah scholar in Israel. In recent years, Rav Amsellem played a key role in supporting “Seed of Israel” people in general, and Bnei Anusim in particular through their journey back into the Jewish people. He willingly and whole-heartedly took upon himself a large part of the religious support needed to accomplish this immense task - traveling to communities, guiding community rabbis, conducting Jewish ceremonies, and much more. One of the pinnacles of his activity is the Beit Din he established in Jerusalem, overseeing the conversions of Seed of Israel people, where he serves as the Av Beit Din.

Rav Amsellem exemplifies religious Zionism, and draws on the heart and spirit of great Sephardic rabbis, like Maran HaGaon Harav Ben Zion Meir Hai Uziel (z ”l), who was the Rishon Lezion and former Chief Rabbi of Israel, and Harav HaGaon Rabbi Yosef Messas (z ”l), the former Chief Rabbi of Haifa. Rav Amsellem served for many years as a community rabbi in Israel and Switzerland, Head of several Batei Midrash, and a Member of the Israeli Parliament. He is the author of the "Book of Zera Israel".

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