Yakar-founder rabbi dies in Israel

December 8, 2008

Rabbi Mickey Rosen, founder of Yakar, the alternative Jewish community centre, has died.

He passed away suddenly on Monday morning in Israel, where he had lived with his wife, Gila, since 1993.

In 1977, Rabbi Rosen founded Yakar, an independent Orthodox congregation, in Hendon, North West London. It was named after his late father, Rabbi Kopul Rosen, the founder of Carmel College.

Mickey was one of three brothers. The eldest of the trio, Jeremy, is a former headmaster of Carmel, and the youngest, David, a former Chief Rabbi of Ireland.

He set up Yakar Jerusalem after moving to Israel.

His funeral takes place this afternoon in Jerusalem.

Last updated: 1:43pm, December 8 2008