is pleased to invite you to a luncheon with guest of honor
Le Grand Rabbin de France
Membre de l'Institut
He will speak to the Club (in French) on:
Vivre en République Aujourd'hui
In his 11th and latest book Réinventer les Aurores, France’s Chief Rabbi Haïm Korsia makes a plea for La République as it was envisaged in the early days, calling on the Jewish community to lead the effort in rebuilding France’s most fundamental values of fraternité and égalité among its myriad people.
For Korsia, who openly rejects the idea that a solution to societal fear is emigration or even surrender, the reconstruction of a political landscape that is protective of its people and communities should be at the forefront of its undertakings. Likening the current challenges facing the Republic today to those faced by Moses and his followers at the Red Sea, Korsia believes that sometimes the only way to enter the waters is to dive in and create a new solidarity and links among Christians, Muslims and Jews, and thus rebuild hope for the future.
At the young age of 17, upon entering Le Séminaire Israélite de France (SIF), Haïm Korsia met the Chief Rabbi Emmanuel Chouchena who became his mentor. In parallel to his studies, Korsia served as rabbi in Le Mans (1983-1987) and Rue Montevideo in Paris (1982-1987), experiences which inspired his thesis entitled “The rabbinical function as seen by the Presidents of the communities” (1985). Travelling throughout France working with Jewish communities and families, he caught the attention of the Chief Rabbi of France, Joseph Haïm Sitruk, and became one of his closest collaborators (1993-2004). Korsia was then elected Secretary General of the Association of Rabbis of France (1999-2010).
Following an MBA and a DEA, Korsia was awarded a doctorate in Contemporary History from the University of Poitiers with his dissertation on the life of the Chief Rabbi Jacob Kaplan, tutelary figure of French Judaism committed to “reconciling the two identities of being Jewish and French without denying the faith of our fathers”.
In 2007 Korsia was named Israelite Chaplain General of the Armies and Ecole Polytechnique. From 2009 to 2013 he collaborated with the Chief Rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim whom he succeeded in 2014, year in which he was also elected member of the prestigious Institut de France, Académie des sciences morales et politiques.
In 2021, Haïm Korsia became the first Chief Rabbi of France to be reelected for a second term since the establishment of a fixed 7 year term in 1980.
Register now for a chance to listen to the Chief Rabbi of France provide the status quo of the Republic's values under threat and how best to navigate the storm.
Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
Cercle de l'Union Interalliée
33, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Space is limited and deadline for registration and payment is Friday, October 1st, 2021 at 12 pm.
The Chief Rabbi's book Reinventer les aurores: Plaidoyer pour la République (2020, Edition Fayard)
will be available for purchase and personal dedication at the publishing price of 17€.
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