David Asseo

David Asseo
Born 1914
Died (aged 88)
Years active 1961 - 2002
Known for Chief Rabbi of Turkey
Religion Judaism

Chief Rabbi David Asseo (1914 – July 14, 2002) was the Hakham Bashi (or Chief Rabbi) of the Republic of Turkey from 1960 until his death in 2002.[1]

Chief Rabbi David Asseo was the second longest serving of the chief rabbis in Europe (after Moses Rosen of Romania). In his career he spent 40 years as chief rabbi and spiritual leader of Turkey.[2][3] His deputy of seven years, Ishak Haleva, became the new Hakham Bashi after his death in 2002.[4]

He was laid to rest at the Ulus Sephardi Jewish Cemetery in Istanbul.[5]


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