The Prague Jewish community is searching for a new rabbi.
Following the departure last week of Meni Kalcheim, assistant rabbi to Czech Chief Rabbi Karel Sidon, the 1,500-member community is seeking a replacement.
Kalcheim, an Israeli, was on a three-year contract to assist Sidon. He hopes to maintain ties with the community although he and his wife sought to be closer to their family.
The community is now seeking a more permanent rabbi who could replace Sidon, 64, when he eventually retires. Community chairman Frantisek Banyai said the community was seeking someone who had both rabbinical training and an advanced university degree.
The candidate does not necessarily need to speak Czech, Banyai said, but would have to commit to learning the language as quickly as possible.
The rabbi likely would have to speak English, since many Jews from around the world visit the Prague community each year.