Jewish Community Salzburg

The Jewish Community Salzburg is a corporation under public law within the Jewish Religious Community of Austria, and whose administrative district extends to the province of Salzburg. The Jewish Community Salzburg is thus the official representation of the Jews living in the province of Salzburg and one of only five provincial Jewish communities outside Vienna. It was re-established after the Second World War by decree of the Federal Minister for Education on 4 August 1952. The Salzburg Jewish Community has one of the three seats reserved for provincial communities on the six-member board of the Jewish Religious Community of Austria. According to its statutes, it is responsible, among other things, for meeting the religious needs of its members.


Kultusrat MMag. Elie ROSEN

President MMag. Elie ROSEN, born in 1971, is a lawyer and business economist and one of the most prominent representatives of Austrian Jewry today. His commitment to the Austrian-Jewish communities dates back to 1988. That year, together with his great cousin, the painter Georg Chaimowicz (1929–2003), he prevented the demolition of the synagogue in Baden near Vienna in Lower Austria, which he restored with public funds in 2002 together with the current President of the European Jewish Congress, Ariel Muccicant. After decades of working for the Jewish community in Baden, Rosen has held the office of President of the Jewish community in Graz since 2016. At the same time, he also acts as a board member and general secretary of the Jewish Cultural Foundation for Styria, Carinthia, and southern Burgenland. Since 2002, Rosen has been a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Community in Vienna, of which he has been a member since 2012. From 2012 to 2023, President Rosen served as Vice President of the Federal Association of Austrian Jewish Communities. Of special distinction was his election as Vice President of the Jewish Religious Community of Austria in 2021. On January 8, 2023, Elie Rosen was elected President of the Salzburg Jewish Community. From the outset, he has wanted his work for the Jewish community in the festival city to be clearly directed towards the expansion of religious activities and internal stabilization. At the same time, the President is concerned with remaining transparent and open to the outside world and is working for a stronger, representative presence of the Salzburg religious community in public life.


Dr. Jehoshua AHRENS
Chief Rabbi

Rabbi Jehoshua Ahrens was born in Erlenbach am Main in 1978. After graduating from high school in 1996, he studied at Bar-Ilan University and Cambridge University and received his doctorate from the Institute for Jewish-Christian Research at the University of Lucerne. He received his rabbinic training at the Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies, the Kollel of Bar Ilan University, and Ohr Torah Stone’s Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary, where he also received his rabbinic ordination. He has served as a rabbi in Sofia, Zurich, Düsseldorf, Nuremberg, and Darmstadt. On January 10, 2023, he was accredited as Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community in Salzburg. Chief Rabbi Ahrens is a member of the Orthodox Rabbinical Conference of Germany and has been honorary director for Central Europe of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation since 2016. He is intensively involved in Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue and was one of the co-initiators and authors of the Orthodox Rabbinic Declaration on Christianity in 2015. Chief Rabbi Ahrens is currently working on a research assignment at the Theological Faculty of the University of Salzburg. He lives in Frankfurt am Main and exercises his rabbinic functions from Germany and, on regular visits, from Salzburg.


Michael KANER

Cantor Michael KANER was born in Vienna in 1988 and grew up in a strictly religious family. After completing his compulsory school years, he moved to Israel, where he subsequently studied at a yeshiva (Torah college). After his return to Vienna, he was, among other things, a member of the choir at the main synagogue of the Jewish community in Vienna (“Stadttempel”). In addition to his technical studies, he enjoyed singing and cantor training with the Viennese chief cantor Shmuel BARZILAI. Subsequently, Michael Kaner acted as guest cantor for a number of foreign Jewish communities. In 2019 he was appointed to the synagogue in Graz, and in 2023 President Elie Rosen brought him to the synagogue in Salzburg.


General Secretary

Mag. Claudia VOGELTANZ
Office Manager