Ya'akov Avitan

Ya'akov Avitan (Hebrew: יעקב אביטן‎) is an Israeli rabbi and politician. He currently serves as a Minister of Religious Affairs.

Ya'akov Avitan
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Ministerial roles
2020–Minister of Religious Affairs
Personal details
BornAshkelon, Israel

Political careerEdit

Avitan was born in Ashkelon, the son of the rabbi of Be'er Tuvia Regional Council. He attended the Ohel Moshe and Kol Yehuda yeshivas in Bnei Brak and was ordained as a rabbi at the age of 19. He was subsequently appointed rabbi of Beit Shikma and later Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

In 2013 he was asked to head the Ashkelon municipality branch of Shas. After being elected to the city council, he headed the education department. Following the 2018 local elections, he was appointed deputy mayor of the city.

Despite not being a member of the Knesset, in May 2020 he was appointed Minister of Religious Affairs.[1]

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