FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2012
MEDIA INQUIRES CONTACT:
Eti Dvir, Spokesperson for Hadassah University Hospitals
Hadassah: Samantha Friedman
(202) 265-3000 (o); (202) 215-9260 (c)
Rabbi Moshe Klein to succeed Rabbi Yaacov Rakovski, z"l, as Hadassah Rabbi
For the past 19 years Rabbi Klein has served simultaneously as Head of Ulpanat Bnei Akiva Tzfira and Deputy Chairman of all Bnei Akiva yeshivot and ulpenot.
Previously he served as CEO of Bat Ami – voluntary national services – and from 2004 until 2010, as Deputy Director of the conversion administration in the Office of the Prime Minister. For the past 12 years he has also served voluntarily as the Rabbi of Kfar Ganim neighborhood in Petach Tikva.
Rabbi Klein is frequently called upon to speak on religious and educational topics in person and on the radio and present his views in a variety of publications. He also prepares Jewish Agency emissaries for the service abroad, sharing his knowledge of the Diaspora communities.
Ordained by a number of Torah Scholars headed by Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Avraham Shapira ZTz"L, the 55-year-old native of Petach Tikva holds Rabbinical Ordination (smicha) and certification on Higher Religious Education from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
A graduate of the Yeshivat Bnei Akiva Nechalim High School and Yeshivat Merkaz Harav in Jerusalem, Rabbi Klein holds a Masters Degree in Law from Bar-Ilan University and certification as a teacher, a family mediator and an arbitrator by the Israel Bar Association.
"Finding the right person was not an easy task at all because all the candidates had excellent qualifications," says Prof. Ehud Kokia, Hadassah Director General. "I congratulate Rabbi Klein and am certain that he will provide religious and spiritual counsel for our patients, our employees and whomever comes to visit Hadassah."
Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is celebrating its 100th year. Hadassah is a volunteer women's organization, whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.