@ Senior Rabbi, Jewish Council of the Emirates Rabbi, Association of Gulf Jewish Communities
Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D. hails from a long and distinguished rabbinical lineage dating back to 15th Century Spain and Provence. Following the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, and later Provence, his family migrated throughout the ages through Italy, the Balkans, Greece, Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon. Rabbi Dr. Abadie was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and grew up in Mexico City. He moved to the United States to attend College and University, and later became a naturalized, United States citizen.
Rabbi Dr. Abadie earned his B.A. in Health Sciences in 1983, B.Sc. in 1984 in Bible Studies, Hebrew Teacher’s diploma in 1985, and a Master’s degree in Philosophy in 1986. He then received his Rabbinic ordination in 1986 from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where he graduated in 1990 with an M.D. degree. He did his residency in Internal Medicine, and later his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Maimonides Medical Center, finishing in 1995.
Rabbi Dr. Abadie is the founding Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, and the Founder and Rabbinic Advisor of the Moise Safra Center in Manhattan. He was the Founder and Head of School of the Sephardic Academy of Manhattan and is the founding Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of the Manhattan East Synagogue, New York City. He is the Director and Professor at the Jacob E. Safra Institute of Sephardic Studies at Yeshiva University. He is a scholar and college teacher of Sephardic Judaism, history, philosophy, and comparative traditional law. He was an Officer of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), and Treasurer/Vice-President of the New York Board of Rabbis. He is member of the Board of Governors of the Diaspora Museum – Beit Hatfutsot/ANU.
As Co-President of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC), he was instrumental in passing a Congressional resolution on behalf of Jews from Arab Countries to be recognized by the U.S government in their negotiations regarding the issue of Middle Eastern Refugees. He has lectured on Jewish themes, philosophy, law, and medical ethics around the world, and enjoys close ties with many government officials in Israel, Bahrain and the UAE. As a member of the board of the American Sephardi Federation and World Sephardic Educational Center, he lectures on Sephardic Judaism, history, and comparative traditional law. Featured in many notable publications around the world, he has been interviewed on several notable news programs, including Fox News, CNN and ABC News. BBC, Russian TV Arabic, Spanish Radio, CCTV and Telemundo, America TV Canal 41, UNIVISION, i24 Israeli Media, Galei Zahal, Arutz 10 and 7. He was featured in the Jewish Voice Weekly, Image Magazine, the Jewish Week, Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Enlace Judio, Diario Judio, Hamevasser, Israel Hayom, Hamodia, LaMishpaha Magazine and many others.
In addition to countless of awards received throughout his career, Rabbi Dr. Abadie received the Orden Del Merito Civil, with the title of Excelentisimo, the highest civil decoration by His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain. He is honored to be following in the footsteps of the greatest Jewish scholar and philosopher Moses Maimonides, who was both a rabbi and a physician. Rabbi Dr. Abadie is fluent in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, French, and conversant in Italian and Portuguese. Presently, he is the Senior Rabbi of the Jewish Council of the Emirates, the Chief Rabbi of the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities, and the Chairman of the Council of Sephardic Sages. He is a Medical Gastroenterologist, and is married to Elise Eichler for over 37 years, and together they live in Dubai. United Arab Emirates
CV of Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D., page 2
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Senior Rabbi and Spiritual Leader
Jewish Council of the Emirates – Congregation Shaarei Mizrah
The JCE is a network of Jewish communal leaders who are building and growing Jewish life in the United Arab Emirates – for both residents and visitors. Following the signing of the Abraham Accords in September 2020, Jewish life in the UAE has grown dramatically with an influx of Jewish tourists and businesspeople from Israel and the West who now feel more welcome in the country. The JCE works closely with government officials to help advance Jewish life, causes and events in the UAE. As the address for all things Jewish in the UAE, the JCE rabbinate plays a critical role in establishing Jewish infrastructure. Rabbi Dr. Abadie provides spiritual leadership to the local community helping to build and grow Jewish life in the Gulf.
Chief Rabbi and Spiritual Leader
Association of Gulf Jewish Communities
The Association of Gulf Jewish Communities (AGJC) was founded in 2021 as an alliance of the Jewish communities (people-to-people) in all six Gulf states who are building and enhancing Jewish life in the region. The AGJC aims to enhance all facets of Jewish life in the Gulf. Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie, based in Dubai, is providing spiritual guidance to association members. Under his leadership, the Beth Din (Jewish Court) of the Gulf was established to assist with issues pertaining to personal status and voluntary business dispute resolutions. The Arabian Kosher Certification Agency was created to oversee kashrut (kosher certification) throughout the Gulf using the same set of standards throughout all six states, therefore making residing and traveling to the Gulf more accessible for Jews.
Chairman and President
Council of Sephardic Sages
Council of Sephardic Sages, a professional rabbinic advisory board for mutual support and the sharing of wisdom. The mandate for the Council is to revive, maintain, and energize the Greater Sephardic tradition and culture of living, adjudicating, and solving issues in all spheres of life, including, but not limited to: educational philosophy, cultural etiquette, social discourse, diplomatic activity, and more. The Council of Sephardic Sages will foster cooperation, coexistence, acceptance, tolerance, and harmony amongst the diverse Jewish community and beyond.
CV of Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D., page 3
Institute Director, Professor and Teacher
Jacob E. Safra Institute of Sephardic Studies, Yeshiva University – New York, NY [2006-2019]
Founder and Head of School
Sephardic Academy of Manhattan – New York, NY [2010 – 2019]
Spiritual Leader and Rabbi
Edmond J. Safra Synagogue – New York, NY [2002 – 2017]
Manhattan East Synagogue – New York, NY [2017- present]
Doctor of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
Private Practice – New York, NY & Dubai, UAE [1995 – present]
CV of Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D., page 4
Fellowship: Gastroenterology and Endoscopy – Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Residency: Internal Medicine – Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
M.D. – Doctor of Medicine – SUNY, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbinical Ordination – Yeshiva Univ., Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, NY, NY
Master of Science, Jewish Philosophy – Yeshiva Univ., Bernard Revel Graduate School, NY, NY
Bachelor of Science – Yeshiva College, NY, NY
Hebrew Teacher Diploma – Yeshiva Univ., Isaac Breuer College, NY, NY
Bachelor of Arts, Health Sciences – Yeshiva College, NY, NY
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