A Jewish Synagogue located at the heart of the United Arabs Emirates was apparently running for a few years without a rabbi. The new synagogue was started a few years ago and this place of worship was an exception for the fact that it ran without a synagogue. The Jewish places of worship in the Arabian countries are almost on the verge of dying as no new synagogues were built.
This new synagogue in the UAE is now moving out of the idea of running without a rabbi as now it is going to get one. During an event sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and the government of the UAE, it was announced that the new synagogue will also get a new rabbi.
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna who is a Canadian native has been appointed as the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish community in the United Arabs Emirates. He has served as the chaplain of the New York University for 17 years and also as the executive director of its Hillel chapter.
Although Sarna is not going to give up his position at the New York University, he is going to take the new job as an additional responsibility. To carry out the services in Dubai Rabbi Sarna plans to travel to Dubai four times each year to perform services such as bar mitzvahs and weddings and also serve as the spokesperson of the Jewish community that is located there.
He said that this opportunity is a very exciting and daunting challenge for him where he put his efforts in building a community in a way that is not only sustainable and enriching for the members present in it but also allow them to engage with the Muslim world.