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Asseo, David

Born: 1914 AD
Died: 2002 AD
Nationality: Turkmen
Categories: Rabbi

1914 – Born in Istanbul, Turkey.

1933 – He graduated from a Jewish school on the Greek island of Rhodes with a diploma qualifying him to teach Hebrew and Jewish religious subjects.

       – He began teaching at schools in Istanbul. He went on to teach Hebrew at the Jewish High School.

1936 – After completing his military service, he was named a member of the Bet Din, or rabbinical court, later becoming its secretary as well as private secretary to Chief Rabbi Rafael Saban.

1955 – Became headmaster of an academy of Jewish learning in Haskoy of which he was co-founder.

1960 – He was elected chief rabbi by Turkey’s Jewish community after the death of Rabbi Saban.

1997 – He wrote, "Throughout the years that I have served as chief rabbi in the Turkish Republic, I can state without hesitation that all religions have been practiced in our country freely and unhindered".

2002 – Died on the 14th of July in Isatnbul, aged 88.