Rabbi Daniel Édouard Farhi

(18 November 1941–23 August 2021)

in European Judaism
Author:
Stephen Berkowitz Rabbi, Comunitat Jueva Atid, Sinagoga Massorti, Spain

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Former Rabbi of the Mouvement Juif Liberal de France (MJLF), Rabbi Daniel Édouard Farhi was born in Nazi-occupied Paris on 18 November 1941 to Sephardic parents who originated from Izmir, Turkey. Ordained in February 1966 by Rabbi Solomon B. Freehof at the Institut International des Études Hébraïques in Paris, he commenced his career as Rabbi of Union Libérale Israélite (1967–1977), commonly known as ‘Rue Copernic’ and the country's first Liberal synagogue (1907). It was there where he received his formal Jewish education and where he later succeeded his mentor Rabbi Andre Chalom Zaoui when the latter made aliyah in 1969 to become spiritual leader rabbi of Har-El Synagogue in Jerusalem.

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Rabbi Stephen Berkowitz, a former colleague of Daniel Farhi, served as associate rabbi at the MJLF in 1989–1992; 1995–1997; and 2004–2013. He is currently rabbi of the Comunitat Jueva Atid, Sinagoga Massorti in Barcelona and reference rabbi for the AJLT Liberal synagogue in Toulouse.

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