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Meet the Jewish community leaders of the UAE: A look back

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

The Jewish community of the UAE was small for many years but it had some organizational umbrellas. Now with the Abraham Accords there is a rush of Israelis and Jews to Dubai and soon to other parts of the UAE. This has led to an instantly growing community and institutional needs. Important coexistence projects, such as the Crossroad of Civilizations museum have Hebrew language content. A huge Hanukkah event at the Burj Khalifa was emblematic.

Here is a look back at some articles about the community.

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of UAE is a community led by the Chabad Rabbi Levi Duchman and community president Solly Wolf.

August, 2020: "Solly Wolf has called Gulf state his home for the past 18 years, says normalization makes community feel safer." Read the article. June 2020: Jewish life in a Gulf state, a conversation with Solly Wolf. Read the article. October 2020: "The small but growing Jewish community of Dubai is getting its second full-time rabbi, the Jewish Council of the Emirates (JCE), one of two Orthodox congregations in the country, announced Friday. Beirut-born Rabbi Elie Abadie, a prominent rabbi and scholar of Sephardic Judaism currently living in New York City, will relocate to the Gulf metropolis to serve as the community’s senior rabbi. The JCE is the country’s oldest congregation and the only one recognized by local authorities." “The appointment of Rabbi Abadie shows how the JCE is building the institutions for a confident, mature and thriving Jewish community in the UAE,” the group’s president Ross Kriel said. Read the article.

August 2020: Alex Peterfreund, a member of the Jewish community in Dubai, speaks with ILTV and discusses what it's like to be Jewish in the UAE. See the video.

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