Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau served as Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi from 1993–2003. His son, Rabbi David, is the current holder of this esteemed position. Rabbi Lau is currently Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, the position he had previously served from 1985 until 1993.
Rabbi Lau, a child-survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp, is Chairman of the Yad Vashem Museum. He immigrated to Israel with the only other surviving member of his family, his brother Naphtali, in July 1945.
In addition to several scholarly works, he authored a best-selling memoir about his experiences in the Holocaust entitled, Do Not Raise Your Hand against the Boy.
In 2005, Lau was awarded the esteemed Israel Prize for his lifetime achievements and special contribution to society and the State of Israel. In 2011, he was awarded the Legion of Honor (France’s highest accolade) by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in recognition of his efforts to promote interfaith dialogue.