Schlomo Hofmeister

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Schlomo Hofmeister (born October 10, 1975 in Munich ) is a German rabbi and community rabbi of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Vienna . Since December 1, 2016, he has also held the office of regional rabbi of the re-established regional rabbinate of Styria and chief rabbi of the Styrian capital Graz.


Schlomo Hofmeister studied at the Michaeli-Gymnasium in Munich at various yeshivots in England and Israel , studied social sciences, history and politics at Munich's Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) and finished at the end of 2002 completed his university studies with a Masters of Science (MSc) degree from the London School of Economics (LSE). In 2004 he moved from London to Jerusalem to continue his rabbinical studies, including in the Rabbinical Toras Schlomo seminary of Rabbi Moshe Halberstam . Rabbi Hofmeister received semichos in various areas of Jewish law, among others from Rabbi Mosche Sternbuch , the chairman of the Orthodox Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem. When he received his first rabbinical ordination in 2005 , he was the first rabbi in 69 years to be born and raised in Germany and the first German rabbi since his two mentors, the Munich chief rabbi Pinchas Paul Biberfeld and the London rabbi Josef Zwi Halevi Dunner , had received their ordinations from the Hildesheim Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin in 1936/37 .


Schlomo has been Hofmeister's municipal rabbi in Vienna since 2008, where his ancestors resided for several generations after they were expelled from Spain.

At the instigation of the President of the Graz Jewish Community, Elie Rosen, and with the concurring orders of the President of the Graz Jewish Community, the President of the Israelite Religious Society and the Chief Rabbinate of the Jewish Community of Vienna on December 1, 2016, the Styrian State Rabbinate, which was dissolved in 1938, was responsible for Styria , Carinthia and Burgenland rebuilt and Hofmeister appointed as Styrian regional rabbi and chief rabbi of Graz. By virtue of this office, he is entitled to sole religious jurisdiction for this area of ​​office. He exercises his rabbinical functions from Vienna and Graz.


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