Although mainly known as the Chief Rabbi of Haifa, Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen (1927-2016) has lived an intriguing life, playing an important role in the establishment of the State of Israel.
As the son of Rabbi David Cohen (1887-1972), the legendary Nazirite of Jerusalem, Rabbi Cohen grew up among some of Israel's greatest rabbis. Destined to become a Nazirite until the age of sixteen, Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen studied under the influence of Rav Kook. During the 1948 War of Independence, Rabbi Cohen fought to defend the Old City of Jerusalem, until he was severely wounded and taken to Jordan as a prisoner of war.
Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen was also a leading rabbinic representative for inter-religious dialogue, first with the Roman Catholic Church and, more latterly, with the Church of England.
Prof. Yechiel Frish is the President of Michlelet Shaanan (Shaanan College), a religious teachers' training college established in 1951 that is situated on the outskirts of Haifa. He has held this position since 2008.