France's Former Grand Rabbi Joseph Sitruk Dies at 71

September 25, 2016 2:32 PM

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Joseph Sitruk, a former grand rabbi of France for more than two decades who oversaw a growth in synagogues and Jewish schools, has died after a long illness. He was 71.

President Francois Hollande's office announced Sitruk's death. In a statement Sunday, Hollande praised Sitruk as a "defender of secularism" who left an indelible legacy for French Judaism. Sitruk was hailed as "a tireless fighter against racism and anti-Semitism" by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneu...

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