Bulgaria Chief Rabbis Since the Independence of the Country (1878-1949) Compiled by
During Ottoman rule over Bulgaria, the Chief Rabbi of Adrianople (Edirne) was also that of Bulgaria. With the
independence Of Bulgaria in 1878, the Bulgarian Jewish communities remained without any supreme rabbinical institution.
The local government considered the Chief Rabbi of Sofia and its surroundings, then R' Gabriel Almosnino, as the legal
representative of the Bulgarian Jews. Only in 1880, R' Gabriel Almosnino was officially nominated Chief Rabbi of Bulgaria.
The Great Rabbinate was in fact a one-man institution representing the whole Jewish community. In 1884 the Central Consortium
of the Bulgarian Jews was created in order to manage the local Jewish affairs and to serve as an administrative body to the
The chronological list of Bulgarian Chief Rabbis has been compiled from 1880 till 1949, when 45,000 out of 50,000 Jews
immigrated to Israel. Most of the Jews who remained, lived in Sofia, some in Plovdiv while all the other communities just
disappeared. In the post-war communist context, the Chief Rabbinate and the Central Consortium were dissolved. A Cultural
and Educational Organization of the Jews of Bulgaria took their place and is functioning till today, while Sofia and Plovdiv
communities have each their own Rabbi.
Bulgaria Chief Rabbis Since the Independence of
the Country (1878-1949)