Iran’s Chief Rabbi, Chacham Rabbi Yosef Hamadani Cohen died over Shabbos, according to Jewish sources in Iran.
Rabbi Hamadani was the chief Rabbi of the Iranian community since 1994.
In August 2000, he met with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami for the first time. In 2003, Cohen and Member of Parliament Morris Motamed met with Khatami at Yusef Abad Synagogue which was the first time a President of Iran had visited a synagogue since the Islamic Revolution. For the event, Cohen led the opening the Torah scroll ark and the reciting of prayers.