Sephardim vote in new rabbinic head with massive majority

By Simon Rocker, May 9, 2013

Rabbi Joseph Dweck is to be the new senior rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation after winning a massive of vote of confidence from its membership.

They voted by 270 votes to four to endorse the executive’s choice of the 37-year-old rabbi, who has heads a Sephardi congregation in New York.

Rabbi Dweck, who received his rabbinic ordination from Israel’s former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, impressed congregants during a visit to the UK last week ahead of the crucial vote.

His election will herald a new era for the community after the retirement of Rabbi Abraham Levy as its spiritual head last summer.

Last updated: 1:32pm, May 9 2013