Rebel Against the Rabbinate Joins Local Jerusalem Politics

California-born Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz, who made headlines encouraging Jerusalem eateries to relinquish official kashrut certificates, is one of the leaders of a joint religious-secular political party.

Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz is an Orthodox rabbi and social activist in Jerusalem’s Nahlaot neighborhood, and also chairs the Lev Ha’ir Community Council which serves parts of the downtown area. But his recent decision to run for city council on a mixed religious-secular list is not just another local story.