Rabbi David Rosen
Rabbi David Rosen KSG CBE is the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland and International Director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee. He is a member of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s Commission for Interreligious Relations, a President of Religions for Peace, and a member of the Board of the King Abdullah International Center for Interreligious Dialogue (KAICIID), and of the Board of World Religious Leaders of the Elijah Interfaith Institute.
The third son of the late renowned Rabbi Kopul Rosen, founder of Carmel College, David was educated in England and at yeshivot Mir and Har Etzyon in Israel. In addition to Israeli military service in the tank corps, he served as the military rabbi in West Sinai, before going on shlihut with his wife Sharon, to South Africa, where he became rabbi of the largest Jewish congregation in the country in Sea Point, Cape Town and where he also served on the Cape Bet Din. In 1979 he was appointed Chief Rabbi of Ireland and after a period of five years service to the Irish community, he returned to Israel with his family, to take up the position of Dean of the Sapir Centre for Jewish Education in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Among his many current honorary positions, he serves on the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s Committee for Interreligious Dialogue. He is an International President of Religions for Peace (the largest world multi-religious body), Honorary President of the International Council of Christians and Jews, and the Jewish member of the Board of Directors of the King Abdullah International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, established in 2012 by the King of Saudi Arabia together with the governments of Austria and Spain with the support of the Holy See. He is past chair of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC, which represents world Jewry to other world religious bodies.) Among many honors, Rabbi Rosen was made a Papal Knight by the Pope and a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.