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Rabbi Moshe Nahon

Rabbi Moshe Nahon
Born and raised in Madrid (Spain) to parents of Moroccan origin, Rabbi Moshe Nahon studied at the Montefiore College Yeshiva in London (England) before pursuing his higher education at Yeshiva University (New York) where he first graduated with a B.Sc. in Accounting and subsequently obtained his Rabbinical Ordination (Semichah) from Rabbi Nachum Lamm at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (R.I.E.T.S).

Rabbi Nahon served as Associate Rabbi of the Em Habanim Sephardic Congregation (North Hollywood, California) under the tutelage of the renowned Moroccan Israeli cantor Rabbi Haim Louk, before becoming the spiritual leader of the Communauté Sépharade de Laval (Québec, Canada), where he served for 20 years.

He has extensive pastoral experience having served as a chaplain for over 15 years at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and in several other health institutions of that city. He was an active member of various rabbinical and communal Canadian institutions, including the Sephardic Orthodox Rabbinical Council of Greater Montreal, the Montreal Board of Rabbis, the Hevrah Kaddishah of the Grand Rabbinnat du Québec, the Montreal Combined Jewish Appeal Federation, the Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Quebec and the Canadian Jewish Congress. Since 2015, he serves as Kashrut Director of the Gibraltar Jewish community in Europe, as well as part-time Shabbat lecturer and associate Hazzan of the Abudarham Synagogue of that city.

Rabbi Nahon is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Hebrew and is best known for his non-judgmental, authentic and intuitive approach. His vision of the successful Sephardic synagogue is one that invests in young leadership and in strong religious practice. On his maternal side, he is a direct descendant of Rabbi Moshe Mimran Zt"l, a famous eighteenth century scholar and Rabbi of Meknes (Morocco) whose commentaries on the Talmud have recently been published in Israel.

Rabbi Nahon developed a love for Hazanut at a very young age and his rabbinical functions have always included an important liturgical component. He is an authentic guardian and interpreter of the old traditional Moroccan liturgy and has a vast knowledge of its Nusach, Piyutim, Kinot, Biblical cantillations, and ceremonial customs. He has contributed several articles and recordings in this field, including most recently, a series of commentaries to 'Tiferet Shemuel' (2014) -a Siddur reflecting the Sephardic customs of Morocco- and 'Darké Abotenou' (2017) -a compendium of laws and customs of Moroccan Jewry. He is also the founder, contributor and administrator of the popular Moroccan liturgy and traditions chat group 'Eznoga' with close to hundred followers all over the world.

Rabbi Nahon is married to Rebbetzin Sara, a native of Manchester (U.K.) and a great niece of the late Hakham Dr. Salomon Gaon Z"l, former Chief Rabbi of the Sephardic congregations of the British Commonwealth. Rebbetzin Sara grew up in Gibraltar and graduated from the prestigious Gateshead Jewish Academy for teachers in England. She is a qualified counselor in the 'Laws of Family Purity and Modesty' and has extensive experience in community work and synagogue life, including planning events, fundraising and leading women's Tehillim and discussion groups.

Rabbi Nahon and Rebbetzin Sara are parents to five children.

 

Thu, November 14 2019 16 Cheshvan 5780