Grand Rabbi Gilles Bernheim
Chief Rabbi Of France Resigns Amid Scandal
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The Chief Rabbi of France Grand Rabbi Gilles Bernheim has resigned effective immediately, Le Monde reports.
Bernheim’s resignation was announced today by Elie Korchia, the vice president of the umbrella group of French Jewry at the end of of its council meeting in Paris.
Until a new election is held, Bernheim’s post will be filled by Grand Rabbi of Paris Michel Guggenheim and the Director of the Rabbinical School, Rabbi Olivier Kaufmann.
Bernheim acknowledged the he committed several major incidents plagiarism, which he insisted as calling “borrowing.” He also confessed to lying about his academic background.
Bernheim had until now refused to resign, saying that it would be "desertion" to do so.
[Hat Tip: Paris Jew.]