First a fight in shul, now rab­bievict­ed­fromhome

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY NISSAN TZUR

KRAKOW’S CHIEF Rabbi has been evicted from his home three weeks af­ter he was con­fronted by com­mu­nity mem­bers dur­ing a Yom Kip­pur ser­vice.

Rabbi Eliezer Gur-Ari, who was sacked by the com­mu­nity the day af­ter a group of con­gre­gants rounded on him for re­fus­ing to let them lead a prayer, has been told he must leave the Izaak Syn­a­gogue, where he has run a Chabad house for the past nine years.

Fol­low­ing the fight in the syn­a­gogue, which in­cluded scream­ing

Rabbi Eliezer Gur-Ari and threats of vi­o­lence, an open let­ter was sent to the com­mu­nity, set­ting out a list of who would lead fu­ture Yom Kip­pur ser­vices. The let­ter said any­one who ob­jected to the list would be phys­i­cally re­moved from the syn­a­gogue.

Rabbi Michael Schu­drich, Poland’s Chief Rabbi, has ex­pressed sup­port for Rabbi Gur-Ali.

Sources close to mar­ried fa­ther of four Rabbi Gur-Ari claim that ten­sions started two years ago when the com­mu­nity, run by pres­i­dent Tadeusz Jakubow­icz, hired Rabbi Gur-Ari as Krakow’s chief rabbi but se­verely lim­ited his rab­bini­cal du­ties.

He had been stopped from over­see­ing kashrut su­per­vi­sion, run­ning the mikveh and con­trol­ling lo­cal syn­a­gogues.

PHOTO: PAUL EVAN GREEN

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