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Chief Rabbi Shaar Yashuv Cohen

Chief Rabbi Shaar Yashuv Cohen
Rabbi Eliyahu Yosef Shaar Yashuv Cohen was the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Haifa, Israel.  Born in Israel, Rabbi Cohen is an 18th- generation descendant in a family of rabbis and Torah scholars.  He attended Talmud Torah Geulah and the yeshivot “Torat Yerushalim,” “Mercaz Harav” and “Etz Chaim.”  In 1948, when Israel was fighting for its independence, Cohen joined the Brit Hahashmona'im, an underground resistance movement, and was a member of the Hagana.  He later served in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Rabbi Cohen was active in interfaith dialogue. He was awarded Israel's Sovlanut award for tolerance in 1991. He served as a chief of the senior council for dialogue between the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Vatican, and then became Chair of the council for dialogue between Judaism and Islam; he acted as an emissary of the Israel Chief Rabbinate to interfaith meetings. He passed away on 3 Elul 5776 - September 5 2016.