Renowned leader of the Sephardi Jews in Israel, Rabbi Shalom Cohen, has passed away at the age of 91, a spokesperson for the Council of Torah Sages said on Monday.
Cohen was the spiritual leader of the Shas political party, which mainly represented Jews from northern Africa and the Near East.
Israel’s President Isaac Herzog extoled Cohen, who was born in Jerusalem in 1930 as a spiritual leader of great humility.
Cohen was also the head of Jerusalem’s Porat Yosef Yeshiva religious school. He leaves behind five sons and three daughters.