(1948 - )
Rabbi Shlomo Amar was born in Morocco in 1948 and immigrated to Israel in 1962. A close associate of the Shas
Party's spiritual leader and former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia
Yosef, Rabbi Amar served as head of the Petah Tikva Rabbinical Court.
In March 2002 he was elected chief rabbi of Tel-Aviv,
the first sole chief rabbi of the city.
Rabbi Amar was sent by then Interior Minister Eli
Yishai to Ethiopia to
meet with the Falash Mura community there. He subsequently recommended that they undergo conversion to revert to Judaism.
In 2003 Rabbi Shlomo Amar was appointed Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, a position he held until 2013.