The Chief Rabbi
The Very Reverend, Chief Rabbi Dr Yaakov Pearlman, was born , raised, and educated in Manchester England. His parents, Bernard and Sarah ( nee Hymanson ) Pearlman, were Mancunians, and he maintains close ties with relatives there. After attending Manchester Jewish Grammar School, he continued his education at the Manchester Talmudical College. Upon completing the required course of study, and being tested by the Av Beth Din of Manchester, the renown Dayan Yitzchak Weiss, Rabbi Pearlman was awarded Semicha - rabbinical ordination from the Rosh HaYeshiva , the late Rabbi Yehuda Zev Segal. He was then granted a fellowship to study advanced rabbinic studies at Beth Medrash Govoha , Lakewood, New Jersey, U.S.A.
While at Beth Medrash Govoha for eight years, he studied under the direct tutelage of the great Gaon, Rav Aaron Kutler z.l. Subsequently , Rabbi Pearlman received an M.A. from Hofstra University and a Ph.d. in education.
Rabbi Pearlman held prior posts as the spiritual leader of Beth Joseph Centre, Rochester, New York. and
Congregation Light of Israel, Rochester, New York. He was the Jewish Chaplain at the Veteranís
Administration Medical Centre, Canandaigua New York, and the Jewish Chaplain for Monroe
County Correctional Facilities. He also served as lecturer at the Talmudical institute of upstate New York a division of the Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva.
Chief Rabbi Pearlman rules and advises on all community wide issues, including Halachic questions, Kashrus issues , Chinuch,and family matters. Moreover, the Chief Rabbi represents the Irish Jewish Community in the Diplomatic Corps.
In his capacity as Superintendent of Instruction and Curriculum, in the Stratford College/Dublin Talmud Torah Jewish Day School, Dr Pearlman participates in the European Conference for Menahalim. He is also an active member in the European Conference of Rabbis.
Chief Rabbi Pearlman is frequently invited to address International and National organizations
and local groups on a variety of Jewish topics. He has also contributed numerous articles to Jewish newspapers and periodicals.
The Chief Rabbi's office is open from 9am to 2pm, Monday to Friday.
Address: Herzog House, Zion Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6