Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron Dies After Contracting Coronavirus

A former Israeli chief rabbi has died after contracting the coronavirus. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, in what is the country’s highest-profile death from the pandemic.

Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, who served from 1993 to 2003 as the state’s top chaplain for Sephardim, or Jews of Middle Eastern and North African descent, succumbed late on Sunday to complications from the respiratory virus in a Jerusalem hospital, aged 79, Israeli media said.

As of Sunday, Israel had reported 11,145 cases of the coronavirus and 103 deaths.