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Yehuda Benhamu, Rabbi Emeritus


Rabbi Yehuda L. Benhamu was born in Melilla, Spain. In 1961, he graduated from high school and began his advanced rabbinical studies in England at the Sunderland Yeshiva. In 1966, he relocated to London to study in the High Rabbinical College Kollel.

In 1967, he met his future wife, Evelyn, in France, who was studying at the Beit Yaacov. Later that same year, they were married in London. In 1976, Rabbi Benhamu received his rabbinical ordination from the London Kollel. Additionally, he was certified as a shochet and mohel.  

Rabbi Benhamu and his family moved to Colon, Panama to fill the position of Rabbi of the Sephardic Synagogue.  In 1978, the family relocated to Bogota, Colombia, where Rabbi Benhamu led the large and active Sephardic community as rabbi, shohet and mohel.  

In 1986, Rabbi Benhamu moved to North Miami Beach as Rabbi of B'nai Sephardim Shaare Shalom.  Due to the expansion of his congregation, the synagogue was relocated to Hollywood, Florida.  Bnai Sephardim Shaare Shalom is one of the largest and active Sephardic congregations in South Florida.

Recently, Rabbi Benhamu was bestowed the title of Judge "Dayan" from the Chief Rabbinate "Rabbanut Harashit" in Jerusalem, Israel.  

Rabbi and Mrs. Benhamu have been blessed with four daughters and two sons and grandchildren. Two of their children made aliyah over the last few years and are living in Ranaana, Israel.

Hazzan Joseph Harrar


Tue, January 25 2022 23 Shevat 5782