The Portuguese Jewish community is led by Haham dr. P. Toledano. He succeeded Hakham B. Drukarch (z.l.) after he passed away in 1998.
Hahkam Toledano hails from a family of rabbi’s (dayanim) whose history goes back to the Spanish Inquisition. He studied at several yeshivot in the UK and Israel. At the age of 20 he received his semikha (rabbinical degree). He is a certified shohet (ritual slaughterer), sofer (ritual scribe) and mohel (circumciser).
In 1969 he graduated from London University with a degree in Semitic Languages. In 1980 he received his Ph.D. His dissertation focused on the relationship between Rashi’s commentary and the Targumim.
In 1974 he was appointed dayan of the Sefardic beth din (rabbinical court) in London and was appointed ab beth din (head of the court).
Since 1998 he has been dayan of the Amsterdam community. In March 2012 he was officially inaugurated as Hakham of our community.
Hakham Toledano has published a number of works, and is world-renowned Posek (decisor). He is widely lauded for his ability to unify the challenges of the modern era with the demands of Jewish law, without losing sight of the interests of the individual.
Toledano is known for his accessibility and his open attitude towards community members. Meetings with the Hakham can be scheduled through our offices.