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Rabbi Emile Ackermann

Semikha, Class of 2023

Rabbi Emile Ackermann

Founding Rabbi


Paris, France

Emile Ackermann is co-founder with his wife Rabbanit Myriam Ackermann-Sommer of “Ayeka” in Paris, the first Modern Orthodox community in France. Born in Strasbourg, a graduate of Yeshivat Hakotel and of a BA “Administration Economique et Sociale”, Rav Emile is also very active in French political life: he has published a book entitled “N’oublions pas qui nous sommes” (Let us not forget who we are) in which he explains his vision of Modern Orthodoxy, his time at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and also develops his vision of laïcité in France, a subject at the heart of many debates. He has the opportunity to defend his vision as a Jew in France in numerous national media, where he is a regular guest. He is also a trainer in the fight against anti-Semitism, and has provided training for French political parties as well as Jewish youth groups. Rav Emile is deeply involved in interfaith dialogue, and is a regular speaker at multicultural and multi-faith events.