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On UAE Visit, Israel’s Chief Rabbi Certifies New Jewish School, Inspects Kosher Food

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Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef at a conference in Rosh Pina, Northern Israel. Aug. 22, 2018. Photo: David Cohen/Flash90.

JNS.org – During a visit this weekend to the United Arab Emirates’ Jewish community, Israel’s Chief Sephardi Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef inaugurated the first certified Jewish school in the Gulf states and invested Rabbi Levi Duchman as rabbi of the Emirati Jewish community.

Yosef inspected the production of kosher poultry locally, toured the new KAF kosher restaurant in the Burj Khalifa and visited community institutions, including the UAE’s Jewish Community Center and newly dedicated nursery school. He also met with Emirati officials to discuss the growing ties between the two peoples and ways to continue to promote mutual understanding between Jews and Muslims across the region.

Various other aspects of the Jewish community, including the chevra kadisha (ritual burial organization) and mikvah (ritual bath) are now being planned.

Yosef’s visit represents the first-ever of a sitting chief rabbi to an Arab country and comes following the historic Abraham Accords between the UAE and Israel.

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